Men cleared of attack on 'King of Gypsies' Louis Welch

Two men have been cleared of attacking a bare-knuckle fighter after mobile phone evidence showed one of them could not have carried out the attack.

Louis Welch, of Darlington, also known as "King of the Gypsies" suffered multiple injuries at the Harness Horse Trials, near Appleby, in May 2009.

Alex Varey, 19, and George Miller, 18, had pleaded not guilty to wounding.

The prosecution has dropped the case, stating that Mr Miller was not in the area at the time of the assault.

Police informed the Crown Prosecution Service that he was in fact 12 miles away.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

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, had claimed to have been at a Kentucky Fried Chicken at the time of the assault.

In February a jury was discharged after it failed to reach a verdict and a retrial was ordered at Carlisle Crown Court.

But the case has now been dropped after the prosecution said Mr Miller's phone was used to send a text message 12 miles away at the time of the attack, proving he could not have been there.

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