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BBC man sacked after conviction

Ashley Blake
Sentencing of Ashley Blake was set for 2 September

A BBC presenter who hit a teenager with a wooden pole has been sacked.

A crown court judge has told Ashley Blake, 40, who presented Midlands Today, it was "almost inevitable" he would be jailed.

He denied the attack outside a bar in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, but was convicted of wounding and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

A BBC spokesman said on Thursday that Blake had been dismissed with immediate effect.

The spokesman said: "Ashley Blake was found guilty last week of two serious charges.

"An internal process has resulted in Ashley's dismissal which is effective immediately."

Blake, who also presented Inside Out, denied attacking Greg Jones, 17, outside the bar in January.

Blake told Birmingham Crown Court he used the pole as a "bat" to deflect bottles and other missiles thrown at him by up to 30 people.

He had been arrested at the scene and, when interviewed by police, denied wielding the pole.

He changed his story when shown CCTV footage of him fetching the pole from behind the bar.

Speaking after the trial ended on 3 August, he said: "(I am) just gutted, absolutely gutted... it's all over, isn't it? My job - everything."

Blake, who was remanded on bail, will be sentenced on 2 September.



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