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Oct, 28, 2009

West Ham's Davenport charged with assault

West Ham defender Calum Davenport has been charged with assault over his role in the incident which saw him stabbed in both legs in August.

A statement on the Bedfordshire police website read: ''Professional footballer Calum Davenport has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm on a woman following an incident in Bedford on August 22.

''Mr Davenport, 26, of Bedfordshire, is currently on bail to appear at Bedford Magistrates Court on November 10.''

Police made two arrests in connection with the stabbing of the West Ham United defender. Worrell Whitehurst, 25, has appeared in court charged with attacking the centre-back as well as his mother, 49-year-old Kim Stupple, in the driveway of her Bedford home, but now the player himself has been charged.

He said in a statement: ''I am deeply shocked and disappointed at the decision that has been made to charge me with assault. I deny any wrongdoing and will plead not guilty. For legal reasons, I am unable to discuss the matter further at this time.''

Davenport, a former England Under-21 international, underwent emergency surgery and will be left with a 15-inch scar on his leg, but has been told he will play again.

"Calum's doing well..." West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola was quoted as saying on the club website. "He has to be assessed again in about a month's time but it was very pleasing for everyone to see him around."

"It is too early to say (about his recovery) but the fact he can do such sports is encouraging."

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