Nick Crawshaw has been released after almost a year and a half in prison in relation to charges on which he has been found not guilty.

The 23-year-old from Hoole was cleared of a series of sex offence allegations yesterday.

He has spent 16 months in custody since being arrested for a second time in June 15, 2015.

This includes two trials, as well as a number of crown court hearings and delays as more charges were brought against him.

Following his first trial in February, his bail application was refused despite the fact he was found not guilty of the charges which had stopped him from being on remand in the first place.

Mr Crawshaw insisted throughout the allegations had been made up.

The 23-year-old wept as the unanimous verdicts were read out at the end of his retrial at Warrington Crown Court on October 18. He was freed moments later.

Below is a timeline of how the case unfolded from arrest to release.

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