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Birmingham striker Marlon King arrested on his birthday after a Porsche involved in serious smash

Birmingham striker Marlon King arrested on his 33rd birthday after a Porsche involved in serious smash

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

23:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Birmingham City striker Marlon King was arrested on his 33rd birthday after a Porsche was involved in a serious road smash which left one man in hospital.

Nottinghamshire police said King was questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving after a three-car crash in Winthorpe on Friday.

Road smash: Birmingham striker Marlon King was arrested on Friday

Road smash: Birmingham striker Marlon King was arrested on Friday

A Porsche, a Volkswagen Polo and a Vauxhall Astra were involved in the crash at 2:50pm.

The driver of the Polo, 35, was air-lifted to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre with serious injuries, while others suffered minor injures.

The former Middlesbrough, Coventry and Watford striker was later released on police bail.

King had recently got his career back on track after he was jailed for 18 months in October 2009 for groping a woman in a nightclub and breaking her nose after she spurned his 'disgusting' advances.

King was last month ruled out for the season after being forced to undergo knee surgery.

Man City youngster Courtney Meppen-Walter was not racing friend before car crash, say police

City youngster Meppen-Walter was NOT racing a friend before car crash which left two dead, according to police

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15:34 GMT, 18 December 2012

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UPDATED:

15:34 GMT, 18 December 2012

Police have stated that Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter was not racing a friend before a car crash, which resulted in the death of two people.

The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving in September after the crash between his Mercedes and a Nissan Micra.

Kulwant Singh, 32, who was driving the Nissan, was killed along with his sister, Ravel Kaur-Singh, 37.

Tragic: Courtney Meppen-Walters was involved in a car crash which resulted in two people being killed

Tragic: Courtney Meppen-Walters was involved in a car crash which resulted in two people being killed

A GMP spokesman told Manchester Evening News: ‘The driver of the Mercedes, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been rebailed until January 24.

‘A file has been prepared and sent to the Crown Prosecution Service to make a final decision.’

The 19-year-old driver of a Volkswagen Golf was released from bail without charge and the spokesman added that the GMP were satisfied that the two cars were not racing before the fatal incident on September 1.

The police had been investigating whether the crash was caused by the footballer racing the other driver on Bury New Road in north Manchester.

Sgt Danny Byrne told the MEN: ‘Having reviewed all the available information and evidence, I am satisfied that the vehicles were not racing each other and the driver of the VW Golf is not involved in this incident.

‘A file of evidence has now been completed and passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on the driver of the Mercedes.’

Ravel Kaur-Singh’s two sons, aged 16 and 17, who were passengers in the back seat, are making a good recovery from the head injuries they sustained, according to police.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke faces alleged violent car-jacking claims

New Villa frontman Benteke fights to clear his name after car-jacking claims

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10:06 GMT, 10 September 2012

Aston Villa's summer signing Christian Benteke is fighting to clear his name after allegations he was involved in a violent car-jacking in his native Belgium.

The Belgian international striker, who joined on a 7m deal from Genk this summer, and two friends were accused of brutally beating a motorist and making off in his Volkswagen Polo car.

The 21-year-old Congolese-born player was arrested at the scene in Liege, Belgium, held overnight and brought before the Palais de Justice, accused of taking part in the car-jacking, the Birmingham Mail reported.

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

All three men were later released and both Genk and Villa rushed to issue statements denying the charges.

The Belgian club said that Benteke was interviewed by police merely as a witness to the attack, which happened last November.

Villa insisted that other witnesses had verified Benteke played no part in the car-jacking.

A club statement read: 'Christian and his legal team have co-operated with the investigation and witnesses confirmed he took no part in the matters alleged.'

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Belgian sports journalist Jan Haupsie reported the two men, aged 23 and 24, claim they had paid the victim 6000 euros a day earlier for another car, a Volkswagen Golf, which later showed up on police records as stolen.

Haupsie said: 'The men were stopped in Liege by police who confiscated the car and told them it had been stolen on October 14 from an address in Paris.

'The next day the two men called up their friend, Christian, and asked him for a lift so that they could confront the seller, who was referred to in court as Kevin.'

Benteke completed his 'dream move' to Villa on transfer deadline day, signing a four-year deal believed to be worth around 7m.

The move went through after Genk had rejected two bids and at one point Benteke had threatened to sue the club if they didn't sanction his move.

Villa manager Paul Lambert felt the player was the perfect partner for his other strikers, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

After his move went through, Benteke told Sky Sports News: 'I am still young and I have realised my dream. My dream was to come here and I am very happy.

'I hope I will be a success. I am motivated.

'It was difficult and I say thank you to Genk and everyone there. I will go forward for a new challenge.

'I think every player wants to come to the Premier League and I am very happy.'

He scored 19 times in 37 league appearances for Genk last season and has five senior Belgium caps.

Courtney Meppen-Walter: Manchester City star arrested over death crash

Man City starlet Meppen-Walter held by police over car crash deaths

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UPDATED:

16:30 GMT, 2 September 2012

Manchester City footballer Courtney Meppen-Walter has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after two people died in a collision on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old was arrested after a silver Mercedes and a red Nissan Micra collided in north Manchester, leaving a 32-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman dead and two teenagers, believed to be 15 and 16, with serious head injuries.

It is believed that Meppen-Walter was
driving the Mercedes. The 32-year-old man was driving the Micra with the
37-year-old woman in the front passenger seat and the two teenagers in
the back, Greater Manchester Police said.

Car smash: Meppen-Walters has been arrested following a crash

Car smash: Meppen-Walters has been arrested following a crash

A second man, aged 19, who was driving a grey Volkswagen Golf, was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

At around 10.15pm yesterday police were called to Bury New Road at its junction with Sherborne Street following reports of a collision.

Officers attended and the 32-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were pronounced dead at the scene while the teenagers were taken to Hope Hospital, where they remain.

A Manchester City spokeswoman said: 'It is a devastating tragedy for this family and also for the Greater Manchester community at large.

Manchester City Football Club offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and all affected by the events of yesterday evening.

'The situation is subject to an extensive investigation by Greater Manchester Police and therefore we are unable to make specific comment on the incident itself at this time.'

Sources said that Meppen-Walter, who was born in Bury, Greater Manchester, was driving a 'low-powered' Mercedes at the time of the collision.

The defender joined City in July 2010, according to the club's website.
The youth-team player has been a regular in the England under-17 side, according to the website.

Damon Hill back on track with his Rat Pack pals

British F1 legend Hill back on track with his Rat Pack pals at Brands Hatch

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 8 May 2012


Back in the driving seat: Damon Hill

Back in the driving seat: Damon Hill

Damon Hill will return to racing for the first time since his final grand prix in 1999 as a guest driver in the British round of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Brands Hatch next week.

The 1996 Formula One world champion will take part in the support event to the German Touring Car championship race which features David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher.

Also joining Hill will be former rivals from his junior racing days, Mark Blundell, Perry McCarthy, Martin Donnelly and Julian Bailey.

'Perry, Julian and I are coming out of retirement for this race, so we are sure to be pretty rusty,' said Hill.

The drivers, who were dubbed 'The Rat Pack' in their younger days, have remained close friends and are racing to raise money for Hill's charity HALOW which helps to support young people with learning disabilities.