Speedway star denies rape charges

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Former world speedway champion, Michael Lee, has pleaded not guilty to two allegations of rape.

The 55-year-old director of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, who was crowned individual world speedway champion in 1980, appeared on Friday at Ipswich Crown Court when he also denied two other sex offences and an assault.

The two charges of rape to which Lee pleaded not guilty are alleged to have taken place between January 1, 2008, and December 1, 2008, and on December 28, 2012.

Speaking only to confirm his name and enter his pleas, Lee, of Freckenham Road, Worlington, also denied an assault causing actual bodily harm on December 28, 2012, said to have involved the same woman.

Lee also denied two charges of sexual assault, said to 
have taken place between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, involving a second woman.

Prosecuting, Joanne Eley, told the court that Lee’s trial, which is due to start on April 28, was expected to take up to 10 days.

On Friday, Judge Rupert Overbury granted Lee bail on condition that he did not contact either of the two women named in the charges.