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Player denies assault on sister

The West Ham defender said nothing as he left Bedford Magistrates' Court

West Ham United footballer Calum Davenport has pleaded not guilty to attacking his sister.

Mr Davenport, 26, of Greenfield, Flitton, Bedfordshire, is accused of assaulting Cara Davenport, occasioning actual bodily harm, on 22 August.

Bedford magistrates granted him bail on the condition he has no contact with 28-year-old Ms Davenport.

He is due back before the court in January, when the case is expected to be committed to crown court for trial.

The assault is alleged to have taken place at an address in Kempston, near Bedford.

Ms Davenport's boyfriend Worrell Whitehurst, 25, of Finsley Walk, Derby, has already appeared in court charged with attacking the central defender as well as his mother, 49-year-old Kim Stupple, in the driveway of her home in Springfield Avenue, later that day.

Crown Court committal was provisionally set for 12 January.

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