Irish International Duo Arrested Over Sexual Assault Claims

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Ireland and Ulster duo Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been questioned by police about alleged sex offences.

Jackson and Olding were two of three men questioned following an incident at a property in south Belfast on 28 June. The arrests happened in June but details have just emerged. Police have said a file would be prepared for submission to the Public Prosecution Service.

Paddy Jackson was not included in the 27-man Ireland squad to face New Zealand this Saturday in Chicago for what an IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) press release described on Monday as “personal reasons”. Olding is currently out of action with a hip flexor injury.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said:

“Police arrested two men aged 24 and one man aged 23 on Thursday 30 June in relation to a number of sexual offences, reported to have taken place at a property in south Belfast on 28 June.

“The men have been interviewed and released from custody. A file will be prepared for submission to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

“A fourth man aged 24, will be reported to the PPS in relation to this incident for perverting the course of justice.”

In a statement, Paddy Jackson’s solicitor said he rejected the allegations and had co-operated fully with police.

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