Beattie's anguish over theft allegation

KEVIN Beattie has spoken of his five-week anguish while stood accused of theft.The Ipswich Town legend has been cleared of the charge and told by Suffolk police he does not have to answer bail set for this afternoon.

KEVIN Beattie has spoken of his five-week anguish while stood accused of theft.

The Ipswich Town legend has been cleared of the charge and told by Suffolk police he does not have to answer bail set for this afternoon.

Mr Beattie said: “I'm glad it is all over. This has been a stressful few weeks, not just for me but my wife Maggie and family.

“It was all a huge misunderstanding and I was always confident nothing further would come of it.


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“Even so it was not pleasant and I'm delighted for it all to have ended and my name cleared.”

Mr Beattie was arrested at the beginning of October accused of theft and originally bailed until November 11 while investigations took place.

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Police told Mr Beattie yesterday that the enquiries were complete and they would not be taking things further.

Suffolk Police last night confirmed: “Bail concerning Mr Beattie has been cancelled and there will be no further action taken against him.”

Mr Beattie was voted Ipswich Town's “best ever player” in a poll among supporters after helping the Blues win the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.

The 54-year-old, who still lives in Ipswich, currently works match days as a pundit for BBC Radio Suffolk.

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