Ex-foot­baller ar­rested near air­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FOR­MER Eng­land and Chelsea star Ray Wilkins was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drink driv­ing near Heathrow Air­port on Fri­day July 1 and is to ap­pear at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Wilkins, 59, now a foot­ball pun­dit, was ar­rested af­ter he ap­peared at a char­ity golf event in Chiswick on Fri­day.

He is be­lieved to have spent the night in po­lice cells be­fore be­ing bailed af­ter his Mercedes SL400 was stopped by po­lice.

Dur­ing his ca­reer, Wilkins played at var­i­ous clubs, in­clud­ing AC Mi­lan and Queens Park Rangers, as well as work­ing as Ful­ham man­ager and later as Chelsea coach. He was awarded an MBE in 1993 for ser­vices to foot­ball.

The Eng­land star had been pic­tured beaming next to a stand at the 2016 Mini Mas­ters ear­lier in the day.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman con­firmed Ray – known as ‘Butch’ – has been charged with the of­fence.

They said: “Ray Wilkins, 59, of The Lau­rels, Cob­ham, was charged on July 2 with drink driv­ing.

“He has been bailed to ap­pear at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on July 18.

“This fol­lows an in­ci­dent at ap­prox­i­mately 8.10pm on Fri­day July 1, when of­fi­cers from the Met’s Avi­a­tion Polic­ing Com­mand ar­rested a man on sus­pi­cion of drink driv­ing on the North­ern Perime­ter Road, close to Heathrow Air­port.

“He was taken to a west London po­lice sta­tion and charged as above.”

n CHARGED: Ray Wilkins

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