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Ched Evans' mother 'happy to have him home'

Ched Evans' mother has tweeted her joy at having her son home after his release from prison today.

After one tweeter said she must be "so happy to have him home", Helen Roberts replied "yes I am. Thank you."

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Ched Evans 'adjusting to normal life' after release

Footballer Ched Evans was released from prison at 5am this morning, a statement on his website has confirmed.

Evans was released from prison this morning. Credit: PA

A separate update read that Evans "is now adjusting to normal life after serving a sentence for a crime consistently denied".

The former Sheffield United striker hopes to overturn his 2012 conviction for rape, and the statement says his legal team is "confident" in an application for a second appeal.

According to the website, Evans plans to make a "very personal and profound" statement by video next week.

"Ched would like to thank prior to the video statement, the thousands of people from all walks of life who have supported him and believe in him," the post said.

Ched Evans believed to have been released from prison

The car is seen outside Wymott Prison.

Footballer Ched Evans is believed to have left prison this morning after serving half of his five-year sentence for rape.

A silver 4x4 with blacked-out windows was seen pulling up outside Wymott Prison near Leyland in Lancashire just before 5am.

A man was seen getting in to the back of the vehicle which left "within seconds", according to a witness.

Ched Evans set to be released from prison

Welsh international footballer Ched Evans is expected to be released from prison today Credit: PA

Convicted rapist footballer Ched Evans is expected to be released from prison today.

The 25-year-old striker served half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel.

Pressure is mounting on his former club, Sheffield United, who have not yet said whether he will be allowed to play for them again.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is an MP in Sheffield, said the club should "think long and hard" about recruiting him again.

But one season ticket holder of 30 years told ITV News that having Evans in the team "wouldn't put me off".

Sheffield United still to decide on return of Ched Evans

Shefffield United are debating whether or not to bring convicted rapist Ched Evans back to the club.

Opinion is divided on whether Evans should be welcomed back.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is an MP in Sheffield, said the club should "think long and hard" about recruiting him again.

But one season ticket holder of 30 years told ITV News that having Evans in the team "wouldn't put me off".

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports:

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Ched Evans: Clegg urges Blades to 'think long and hard'

Nick Clegg has waded into the row over Ched Evans - saying Sheffield United must think "long and hard" about whether to re-sign the convicted rapist after his release from prison.

Speaking on his weekly LBC phone-in, the Deputy Prime Minister said the club must bear in mind that a professional footballer is viewed not only as a sportsman but as a "role model".

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While he said "politicians can’t tell football clubs what to do", Clegg - who is also MP for Sheffield Hallam - insisted Evans' offence was "a very serious crime" that supporters would be aware of.

However, Clegg refused to state outright what his view on the row was, and added: "When someone has done their time, they have done their time."

Owners will make Evans decision - Sheff United boss

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says the decision to potentially re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans is above football.

Evans is set to be released on Friday, having served half of his five-year sentence, and has been linked with a return to his former employers.

Clough confirmed the club have talked about bringing back the striker, who they signed for £3million in 2009, but that no decision has been made.

Ched Evans was a Sheffield United player before his imprisonment. Credit: PA

"We have had one or two discussions, we are awaiting a decision and the owners will make that in good time," Clough said.

"I have been involved in decisions, but it is very much a decision for the owners and when the time is right to say something as a club we will do that.

"It is that sort of decision - it's above football level."

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