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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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No charges for spot fixing arrest football player from Barrow

A TEENAGE professional footballer from Barrow who was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of spot fixing will not face any charges.

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QUIZZED Ben Davies, from Barrow, was arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into alleged spot fixing but will not face any charges. Picture courtesy of Lancashire Evening Post

Preston North End star Ben Davies, 18, was arrested in April as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Davies, who was on loan at York City at the time, was questioned along with five of his Preston team-mates.

All six were due to answer police bail on Wednesday, but officers contacted the League One club to say the players were released from bail and were no longer under any arrest procedure.

All the players involved denied any involvement in spot fixing from the outset and will not face any charges.

Spot fixing refers to players agreeing to deliberately influence events within a match in order to fix betting outcomes.

A spokesman for Preston North End said on Friday: “In April of this year a number of our players were very publicly arrested in connection with a wider investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football. At the time, they were bailed with a date for answering bail subsequently set for Wednesday July 30, 2014.

“We have today been informed that all of our players have been released from bail and are no longer under any form of formal arrest procedure.”

Davies, formerly of Cloisters Avenue, Barrow, made his professional debut for Preston in January 2013.

He has returned to his parent club after his loan spell at York and recently appeared in a pre-season game against Liverpool.

The former Roose Primary and Furness Academy pupil spent five years with the Lancashire side’s youth team after being spotted while playing for Furness Rovers as an 11-year-old.

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