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Retrial over 'King of Gypsies' boxer attack in Cumbria

Two men accused of attacking a bare-knuckle fighter with machetes in Cumbria are to face a retrial.

Louis Welch, of Darlington, also known as "King of the Gypsies" suffered multiple injuries at the Harness Horse Trials, near Appleby, on 25 May.

A jury was discharged last week after failing to reach a verdict in the trial of Alexander Varey, 19, and George Miller, 18, of Lancaster

Both had denied wounding with intent. The retrial has been set for 5 July.

Mr Welch, who holds the "King of Gypsies" title - renowned in the traveller community and normally given to its best boxer - suffered deep gashes and gaping wounds to his back and arm in the attack.

Mr Varey, and Mr Miller, both of Clare Road in Lancaster, claimed to have been at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in their home town at the time.



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