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Tuesday, 28 August, 2001, 17:12 GMT 18:12 UK
Police statement in full
Neil and Christine Hamilton outside their Cheshire home
The couple always denied any involvement
The full text of the Metropolitan Police statement on the Hamilton case reads:

"The police investigation into an allegation of serious sexual assault against Neil and Christine Hamilton has now concluded.

"As a result, there will be no further action against Mr and Mrs Hamilton, although inquiries into other aspects relating to the 28-year-old complainant's allegations will continue.

"Following a thorough investigation, the MPS has found no evidence to support the allegations against Mr and Mrs Hamilton.

"Officers are satisfied that there is no evidence to link the Hamiltons to this case and they have been released from their bail conditions.

"Mr and Mrs Hamilton and the complainant have been informed of the decision not to proceed.

'Detailed inquiries'

"The MPS takes all allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously and has a duty to investigate them as thoroughly as possible.

"Since this matter was reported to police, detectives have made a number of detailed inquiries. Some of these were complex and took time to complete.

"Careful consideration has been given to all aspects of this case in order to reach the right and proper conclusion.

"It would be inappropriate to go into further detail whilst the criminal investigation is continuing. A man in his sixties remains on bail in connection with the inquiry.

"Arrangements are currently in hand to return Mr and Mrs Hamilton's computers at the earliest opportunity."

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