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Miss England assault case dropped

Rachel Christie
Rachel Christie is the niece of former Olympic sprinter Linford Christie

No charges will be brought against the former Miss England over allegations she assaulted a rival beauty queen.

Rachel Christie was accused of punching Miss Manchester, Sara Beverley Jones, 24, at a nightclub in Manchester in November 2009.

But the case is being dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because of a lack of evidence.

Ms Christie, the first black woman to be crowned Miss England, relinquished her crown last year to clear her name.

The beauty queen, niece of former sprinter Linford Christie, is also a heptathlete hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

CPS reviewing lawyer, Mark Callaghan, said: "I can confirm that, following the application of the Code for Crown Prosecutors - the guidance that all Crown Prosecutors must follow - the CPS has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against any individual in relation to an allegation of assault on a female on November 1 2009 at the Mansion nightclub in Manchester city centre."



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