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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

Panthers skipper expresses sadness at club closure

Danish speedway star Kenneth Bjerre has expressed his sadness at the news that the Peterborough Panthers are to close.

The Panthers skipper has enjoyed three separate spells with the club, but will have to ride elsewhere next season.

Shock as Peterborough Panthers closure announced

It's been announced that Peterborough Panthers speedway club are to close down. Credit: Peterborough Panthers

It's been announced that Peterborough Panthers speedway club are to close down after owners Rick Frost and Julie Mahoney confirmed that the club will not be competing in next season's Elite League.

The news will end a 44 year stay in speedway's top flight for the Panthers, with serious financial concerns being blamed for the closure.

Danish rider Kenneth Bjerre will be one Panther looking for a new club next season. Credit: PA

The Panthers will be replaced by Leicester Lions in the Elite League next season.

The club could still compete at a lower level in future years if new owners can be found.


Former speedway rider jailed over soldier gang attack

Jerran Hart, 22 Credit: Suffolk Police

A former speedway rider, once rated as one of the best prospects in the country, has been jailed for his part in a gang attack on a serving soldier in Ipswich.

22-year-old Jerran Hart, who rode for Mildenhall and Ipswich, was given a three-and-half year sentence for the robbery of the 21-year-old.

Four men, aged between 20 and 26, were given prison sentences ranging from 30 months to three years and nine months.

They surrounded the soldier before robbing him of his phone and wallet and knocking him unconscious in Queens Way in June this year.

A man was assaulted on June 6. Credit: Suffolk Police

Former speedway champion charged with rape

The former World Speedway Champion, Michael Lee, has been charged with rape.

Suffolk Police have confirmed that they've charged the 54 year old, from Worlington near Mildenhall, with two counts of rape, two of sexual assault, and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between June 2008 and December 2012 and relate to two women.

The former King's Lynn rider was crowned World Champion in 1980. He's now co-promoter of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers. He's due to appear before magistrates on 21 October.

Stars appeal win boosts play-off hopes

Kozza Smith Credit: PA

King's Lynn Stars Speedway have received a boost to their play-off hopes after winning appeal over using a guest rider in the meeting against Peterborough.

Stars had 2 points deducted after the Speedway Control Board officer said Kozza Smith was ineligible to compete.

An appeal hearing this morning overturned the ruling. It means Stars are now just four points off the play-off places.

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