Worcestershire’s Alex Hepburn charged with two counts of rape

first_imgShare via Email Cricket Worcestershire’s Alex Hepburn has been charged with raping a woman after an investigation by West Mercia police. The county said the all-rounder has been suspended on full pay after being charged with two counts of rape for an incident on 1 April this year.The West Mercia force has confirmed that the Australian-born Hepburn, aged 21, of Diglis, Worcester, was charged this month and will appear before magistrates in the city on 7 December.“Worcestershire CCC can confirm that Alex Hepburn was charged on the 9th November with two counts of rape following an investigation by West Mercia police. Hepburn has been suspended on full pay pending further investigation and will next appear at Worcester magistrates’ court on 7 December 2017,” his county said in a statement. “As the matter is now subject to criminal proceedings the club is unable to provide any further comment at this stage.”Worcestershire also confirmed they are dealing with a disciplinary matter involving the director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, which relates solely to the former England wicketkeeper’s role at the club. “The matter is ongoing so at this time there will be no further comment,” the statement added.An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman told ESPNcricinfo: “The ECB can confirm Steve Rhodes will not be travelling to South Africa as head coach to the Young Lions on secondment from Worcestershire. Richard Dawson, the Gloucestershire head coach, will take on the role of head coach to the Young Lions squad in South Africa.” Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Worcestershire Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter Topics Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Since you’re here… news Reuse this contentlast_img