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Darts player on sex charges

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A TOP darts player facing allegations of indecently assaulting a teenager has made a brief appearance in court.

Kevin Spiolek stood in the dock at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

The 50-year-old, who was once ranked eighth in the world, is accused of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1999 while he was in the resort for the World Darts Championships at the Winter Gardens.

Spiolek, who lives in Cambridge, appeared at the court for a plea hearing yesterday and will next appear at court on April 30.

His solicitor had previously indicated Spiolek would plead not guilty, and a provisional four-day trial has been scheduled for June.

Spiolek’s matches were regularly featured on TV at the peak of his career in the 1980s and 90s, and he is one of just seven players to have beaten the darts world’s top star Phil Taylor during the World Darts Championships competition.

Spiolek was bailed.

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