Rachel Christie, the current Miss England, has surrendered her crown after being detained on an alleged nightclub assault.
According to reports, Rachel apparently punched Sara Beverley Jones, 24 – who is also Miss Manchester – during a dispute in a nightclub in Manchester.
Rachel, who made news earlier this year as the first black woman to win the crown of Miss England, was one of the favorites for the Miss World 2009 title till her arrest.
She is also a heptathlete and the the niece of former athlete Linford Christie.
The organizers of Miss England released this statement, “Due to the media attention following the allegations against her, Rachel Christie has now decided to withdraw from the Miss World competition and relinquish her Miss England crown. Rachel will concentrate on clearing her name and focus on training for the 2012 Olympics until this case is resolved.”
An investigation is underway to determine the exact sequence of events.