Three men have been cleared of sexually assaulting a Yorkshire college student.

They were acquitted at Hull Crown Court of attacking the 18-year-old woman last September at Bishop Burton College in East Riding.

Thomas Price, 21, of Rotherham, was accused of rape and assault by penetration, Stephen Johnson, 22, of Tickton, was accused of sexual assault and assault by penetration and William Robinson, 20, of Doncaster, was accused of assault by penetration.

All three, who had won scholarships at the college, insisted they had engaged in consensual sex.

They, along with the woman, had been suspended from the college after the allegations were made.

Judge David Tremberg told them: “That’s the end of the matter and you can leave this court without a stain on your character.”

College principal Jeanette Dawson said: “The care and welfare of our students is incredibly important. We have tried, throughout this process, to do the right thing based on the information at hand and have offered all possible support in a difficult period.

“The female student was suspended from the college while the investigation was conducted by the police, but was reinstated once this was concluded.”

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