Ex-speedway champion Michael Lee denies rape and sexual assault

Michael Lee Image copyright jeff higgott
Image caption Michael Lee is co-promoter of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway team

A former speedway world champion has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges.

Michael Lee, 55, denied two counts of rape, two of sexual assault and one of assault causing actual bodily harm at Ipswich Crown Court.

The charges relate to alleged offences against two women, which were said to have taken place between June 2008 and December 2012.

Mr Lee, of Worlington, Suffolk, was bailed ahead of an April trial.

He is the co-promoter of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway team.

During his racing career, he was crowned speedway individual world champion in 1980 and rode for several teams including King's Lynn, Poole and Boston.

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