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Katie Price's stepfather cleared of two counts of rape

Paul Price has been found not guilty of twice raping a woman. Credit: PA

Paul Price, the stepfather of Katie Price, has been found not guilty of twice raping a woman after a group night out in a seaside resort.

The 53-year-old fence erector was found not guilty by a jury of two counts of rape following a week-long trial at Chichester Crown Court.

He was alleged to have first raped the woman in Worthing in the early hours of March 22 after following her out of a taxi when she complained of feeling sick en route to his house.

The complainant told the court she flagged down a van before getting into another taxi with Price and claimed he raped her a second time in woodland near his home.

Paul Price arriving at court with his wife Amy. Credit: PA

But jurors took seven hours and 36 minutes to find him not guilty on both counts after Price said the woman consented to sex.

In court, relatives and friends gasped "Yes" when the jury foreman acquitted him.

Mr Price closed his eyes and looked skywards as the verdicts were announced.

Katie Price, 38, did not attend court but in a statement read to jurors, she described her stepfather as "loving" and "fun", adding: "He is always supportive in all situations and always puts us family first."