Former world darts champion Ted Hankey has been charged with sexual assault, a police spokesperson has confirmed.
Hankey, of Berry-Hill, Stoke-on-Trent, is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in Cheshire in September 2021.
The 54-year-old has been released on bail and will appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 6.
The two-time BDO world champion is one of the sport’s most recognisable figures, having lifted the iconic trophy at the Lakeside Country Club in 2000 and 2009.
Hankey whitewashed Ronnie Baxter 6-0 to clinch his maiden world crown, before prevailing in a deciding-set thriller against Tony O’Shea to double his tally in 2009.
‘The Count’ also enjoyed a brief spell in the Professional Darts Corporation, featuring in two Grand Slam quarter-finals in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Hankey was set to make his televised return at the inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship in February, only to withdraw from the event in December.
Cheshire Police issued the following statement: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge Edward Hankey with the sexual assault of a woman.
”The CPS made the decision to charge the 54-year-old after reviewing a file of evidence from Cheshire Constabulary. The charge relates to an incident that occurred in Cheshire in September 2021.”