Man cleared of rape

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A man has been cleared of raping a disabled woman he gave a lift to.

Saman Ali, 23, of Harrison Street, Blackpool, was alleged to have violently sexually assaulted a woman he had earlier come across while out in a car.

However, Preston Crown Court heard the woman, who was in her forties, had fully consented to sex after she approached Ali to ask if he wanted to do business.

A jury found him not guilty of three rape charges relating to August last year.