Miss England Relinquishes Crown

BBC News, November 6, 2009

Miss England Rachel Christie has given up her crown after being arrested on suspicion of a nightclub assault.


She allegedly punched Miss Manchester, Sara Beverley Jones, 24, in the face in a dispute at a Manchester nightclub.

Ms Christie, the first black woman to be crowned Miss England, was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until January 2010.

The beauty queen, niece of former sprinter Linford Christie, is also a heptathlete hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Miss Manchester was allegedly punched in the face after an argument said to be about a TV personality from Sky1’s Gladiators programme.

It is thought that Miss Jones is an ex-girlfriend of TV gladiator Tornado, whose real name is David McIntosh, and Miss Christie is his current partner.


[Editor’s Note: A story posted when Rachel Christie was first crowned can be read here.]


Rachel Christie (center) with third-place Viki Bailey (left) and second-place Lance Corporal Katrina Hodge (right). Miss Hodge will (presumably) become the new Miss England.


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