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'SEX ASSAULT' QUIZ FOR EX BAGGIES STAR.

Byline: Brett Gibbons

FORMER Baggies' hero Lee Hughes has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

Metropolitan Police officers were called to the Aerodrome hotel in Purley Way, Croydon, late on Saturday evening, just hours before his Notts County team were due to play non-league Sutton Town in a televised FA Cup second round clash.

Hughes, 35, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and taken into custody.

He was bailed until a date in late January, pending further inquiries.

It was reported that witnesses saw a group of men, believed to be footballers, talking with women who had attended a Christmas party at the hotel.

A hotel guest said: "There were some players and a couple of them were trying to talk to women. The next thing this woman started screaming."

He claimed police spoke to Hughes in the hotel foyer and he seemed "quite irate" as did his manager Martin Allen before he was taken to a police station.

In a statement, a spokesman for his current team said: "Notts County can confirm that the club are aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players at the team's hotel on Saturday.

"As this is a police matter, the club will be making no further comment on this incident."

Former Oldbury schoolboy and lifelong Albion supporter Hughes joined the Baggies in 1997 after a spell at non-league Kidderminster Harriers. He signed for an initial pounds 200,000, then a record fee for a non-League player, and described it as a "dream come t r ue".

Hughes scored 80 goals for the Baggies in 157 appearances before moving to Coventry City for pounds 5 million, but returned to The Hawthorns in 2002 for two years, netting 11 goals in 55 appearances.

The striker, a dad-of-two, joined Notts County in 2009 following a short spell at Oldham Athletic.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 7, 2011
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