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Michael Lee cleared of sex and assault charges after trial

Former world speedway champion Michael Lee has been found not guilty of several sex attacks following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The ex-King's Lynn rider was accused of rape and assault in December 2012 and two further sexual assaults in December 2011.

The case has again raised the issue of whether suspects in sex cases should have their identities protected unless they are convicted.

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First verdict in Michael Lee trial

Michael Lee working on a speedway bike Credit: ITV News Anglia

Former world speedway champion Michael Lee has been found not guilty of one charge of indecent assault at Ipswich Crown Court.

The jury has yet to return verdicts on three other charges, of rape, assault and a further indecent assault. The ex-King's Lynn rider denies all the charges.

Fans react to the news that Peterborough Panthers are to quit speedway

Fans of Peterborough Panthers have been reacting to the news that their club is to quit British speedway.

They've been talking on the club's Facebook page, with many upset that their time in the Elite League is to come to an end.

"Gutted. Somebody save our club."

– Nick Sculthorpe

"This is the saddest news. I've been a supporter for 40 years, since I was three weeks old."

– Dawn Windsor

"Sad news but they should have pulled out of the Elite League years ago, it's never been viable."

– Mark Smith

Owners explain reasons for Peterborough Panthers closure

Peterborough Panthers owners Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney have released a statement on the club's official website, explaining their reasons calling time on the club's top flight future.

“This was a very difficult decision to make, having put our heart and soul into Peterborough Speedway for over five years.

“We faced several problems, primarily the conclusion of the five years of the Readypower sponsorship, and without another team sponsor coming in or a firm TV deal, we couldn’t commit ourselves to another year not knowing where we would stand financially.

“We must say a big thank-you to everyone for the last five years – riders, sponsors, supporters and everyone who has worked for us. They have all helped us along the way,and this was a very tough and sad decision to make.”

– Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney, Peterborough Panthers owners
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