Hale Barns businessman charged with further count of rape

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Detectives have charged Lawrence Jones, the former chief executive and co-founder of Manchester tech firm UKFast, with a further count of rape following an investigation.

The 53-year-old, from Brooks Drive in Hale Barns, has already been charged with one count of rape and four counts of sexual assault.

Those offences are alleged to have taken place in 2010 and 2013 respectively in Wales, Hale, Manchester and London.

Following a further report in January 2021, Jones has been charged with an additional count of rape which is alleged to have taken place in Salford in 1993.

He will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 21st in connection with this charge of rape.

Jones has already appeared in court twice this year in connection with the earlier charges with a trial date set for February 7th 2022.

In a statement released in January, Jones said: “Approximately eighteen months ago, I contacted the police and was interviewed voluntarily because I became aware of rumours circulating about me that although false were extremely damaging.

“I have fully co-operated with the police throughout, and am determined to ensure that my name is cleared. In the circumstances, at this time it would not be appropriate to say any more, other than to state clearly that I did not do what is being alleged.”

On the most recent charge, a spokesperson for Lawrence Jones said: “Mr Jones denies the allegation and has been assisting the police with their enquiries.”

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