Princess is in trou­ble for ‘hav­ing cock­fights’

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AN EX­ILED princess has been ar­rested for run­ning an il­le­gal cock­fight­ing ring.

Irina Walker, a mem­ber of the Ro­ma­nian royal fam­ily, is ac­cused of host­ing the cruel blood­sport in her back gar­den.

She has been quizzed by cops over claims that she and her hubby John Wes­ley Walker staged cock­fights and or­ga­nized il­le­gal gam­bling at their home.

Pros­e­cu­tors claim the pair – along with other ac­com­plices – ran a to­tal of 10 cock­fight­ing events in the past year.

Po­lice re­ports say pay­ing spec­ta­tors were sold re­fresh­ments at the fights and the Walk­ers made more than £1,000 each time.

They have been charged with op­er­at­ing an il­le­gal gam­bling busi­ness and con­spir­acy to vi­o­late the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act.

If found guilty the pair, from Port­land, Ore­gon, could face up to five years in prison and a fine of more than £150,000.

Princess Irina, 60, is the daugh­ter of ex­iled King Michael I of Ro­ma­nia.

A state­ment on the Ro­ma­nian royal fam­ily’s web­site said the king had noted with “deep sor­row the events re­lated to Princess Irina of Ro­ma­nia”.

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