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Telford Tigers ice hockey club bought by consortium

The team celebrates a goal Image copyright Steve Brodie
Image caption Telford Tigers are top of the English Premier Ice Hockey League

The Telford Tigers ice hockey club has been bought by a consortium.

The English Premiership league leaders announced earlier this month they would enter voluntary liquidation with debts of £500,000.

Players and coaches have been unpaid for several weeks while the liquidator looked to "preserve the team".

It has been bought for an unknown sum by three local businessmen, plus former owner Wayne Scholes, who stepped down as chief executive in April.

A creditors' meeting is expected to go ahead on 30 November at which the buy-out is due to be discussed.

However, the takeover is immediate and the BBC understands the consortium will be in charge of the weekend's fixtures, including Saturday's match at Manchester Phoenix.

The consortium includes three local businessmen, plus former owner Wayne Scholes, who has already ploughed £1.5m into the Tigers since 2013.

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