Seven Crewe Alexandra footballers bailed over rape claim

Seven Crewe Alexandra footballers arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in Cornwall have been released on bail.

Police investigating a complaint from a woman in her early 20s in the early hours of Saturday arrested five players in Redruth. Two more men were arrested in Cheshire.

It is believed more than 20 players were at a training camp in Cornwall.

Crewe Alexandra Football Club said it was not appropriate to comment during a police investigation.

The men, who were released pending further inquiries, will have to answer police bail at separate dates in September and October.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it received a complaint of sexual assault at 04:30 BST on Saturday over an incident alleged to have happened in a property in Redruth.

Crewe finished 13th in League One last season and won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and are due to start the 2013-14 campaign at home to Rotherham on 3 August.

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