Miss England steps down after arrest

Author: By Vicky Shaw, Press Association

A statement from Miss England organisers said Miss Christie, 21, wanted to
concentrate on clearing her name.

Miss Christie became involved in a dispute with another beauty queen, Miss
Manchester, aka Sara Beverley Jones, at a Manchester night-spot earlier this
week.

Miss Jones, 24, was allegedly punched in the face after arguing about Tornado,
a gladiator who appears in the Sky1 series and whose real name is David
McIntosh.

It is believed that Miss Jones, a club promoter and would-be actress, is an
ex-girlfriend of Mr McIntosh and Miss Christie is his current partner.

Miss Christie was the first black woman to be crowned Miss England and is also
a heptathlete who hopes to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Mr McIntosh, 22, from Altrincham, Cheshire, is a 15 stone former Royal Marine
Commando who cites Rambo as his inspiration and says he would be a gorilla
or polar bear if he was an animal.

A statement from Miss England organisers said: “Due to the media attention
following the allegations against her, Rachel Christie has now decided to
withdraw from the Miss World competition and relinquish her Miss England
crown.

“Rachel will concentrate on clearing her name and focus on training for the
2012 Olympics until this case is resolved.

“Rachel is very upset about the matter and the Miss England organiser Angie
Beasley and Miss World Chairman Julia Morley will support Rachel and are
behind Rachel with her Olympic training.”

A further statement from Miss England organisers about how they plan to
proceed is expected within the next day.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have previously confirmed they were called to
the Mansion nightclub off Deansgate shortly before 1am on Monday.

A GMP spokesman said: “It is believed that, earlier that night, a 24-year-old
woman got into an altercation with another woman in the club and was hit in
the face several times.

“The victim was taken to Hope Hospital where she received treatment for
superficial facial injuries. She has now been discharged.”

Miss Christie was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until
January 2010.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call
Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.

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