Jordanian Paralympic squad trio charged over sex assault claim

Antrim The alleged assault took place in Antrim Forum

Three men from the Jordanian Paralympic squad have been charged following allegations of sexual assault in County Antrim.

The Jordanian Paralympic squad is one of several foreign teams using the Antrim Forum's training facilities.

The alleged assault took place at Antrim Forum which is managed by Antrim Borough Council.

The three men, aged 36, 35 and 23 are expected to appear before Coleraine Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old-man has been charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual assault against a woman and voyeurism.

The 35-year-old man has been charged with two counts of causing sexual activity with a child.

The 36-year-old man has been charged with one count of sexual assault against a woman.

The BBC understands Northern Ireland Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin called an emergency meeting with Sport NI and PR specialists.

Antrim Forum is one of Northern Ireland's largest multi-purpose training and leisure centres.

Earlier, in a statement, Antrim Council said: "We are aware of the allegations. This is a police matter and PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) are undertaking a full investigation."

A spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure said: "The PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) are currently leading an active investigation and therefore we cannot comment further."

The Jordanian squad is due to leave Northern Ireland on Wednesday for the start of the games in London on 29 August.

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