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Ched Evans sacked

Sheffield United have sacked their jailed striker Ched Evans.

The 23-year-old Welsh international was given a five year sentence last month after being found guilty of raping a 19 year old following a night out in Rhyl in North Wales a year ago.

Evans - one of 11 players released today by the Blades - cost the club £3 million pounds when they bought him from Manchester City in 2009. He scored 48 goals in 113 appearances.

He is appealing against his conviction.


Rape Tweets

Nine people have been released on bail over the naming of Sheffield United striker Ched Evans' rape victim on Twitter.

Five men and four women from Wales have been bailed until July. They were arrested on suspicion of malicious communication or under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act, or on suspicion of both.

Three men from Sheffield were arrested and released last week.

More arrests in naming of Ched Evans rape victim

North Wales Police have arrested nine more people as part of their investigation into the recent naming of a rape victim on social media sites.

Three men and three women from North Wales were arrested in early morning raids today and are being held at St Asaph police station.

Later in the morning another woman was arrested in Broughton, Flintshire and a man was arrested in Colwyn Bay.

A fifth man was arrested in Abergele at lunchtime.

Three men arrested in South Yorkshire last week have been released on bail.

North Wales Police DS Bob Halford said:

We continue to be proactive in this investigation and anticipate that further arrests will be made in the near future.

– DS Bob Halford

Three men bailed

Three men arrested as part of the investigation into the naming on Twitter of the victim in the rape case concerning Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans have been released on bail. Evans was jailed for five years last week for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Two of the men were arrested under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act and the third was being held on suspicion of malicious communication, police said.

Twitter arrests made

Three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into users of a social media site said to have named the victim in the Ched Evans rape case.

The Sheffield United footballer was convicted of rape and jailed for five years last week - but soon after his victim was named on Twitter.

South Yorkshire Police have arrested two men under the Sexual Offences Amendments Act, which grants lifelong anonymity to the victims of sexual assault. A third man has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication.

All three men are being held at Sheffield police station where they are being interviewed by North Wales Police officers.


Ched Evans to appeal

Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is to appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room, his lawyers said tonight.

In a statement posted on the club's website, law firm Brabners Chaffe Street said that the 23-year-old striker, jailed for five years for the sex attack, "maintains his innocence" and would be appealing against the jury's verdict.

Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and as such, we confirm that Mr Evans will be appealing the decision

– Brabners Chaffe Street

Evans was jailed last Friday after being found guilty of raping the woman at a hotel in North Wales last May. He admitted having had sex with her, but the woman told the jury that she had no memory of the incident - and the prosecution argued that she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

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