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Trial: Footballers accused of sexual assault

Top left to right: Anton Rodgers, Lewis Dunk. Bottom left to right: Steve Cook, George Barker Photo: PA Wire

Four footballers have appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a hotel in Brighton.

The court heard how the Brighton & Hove Albion players, one of whose father is a Premier League manager, took the woman to a hotel room and assaulted her after celebrating their side's victory in the Sussex Senior Cup in July 2011.

Jurors hearing the case were told the men - Brighton & Hove Albion football players Anton Rodgers, 19, Lewis Dunk, 21, and George Barker, 21; and their former teammate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth - wanted to have "a permanent record of their conquest", and took pictures of the alleged assault. The four men all deny sexual assault - and voyeurism.

Kate Bunkall reports from the Old Bailey.