Pro Footballers charged with burglary
A handful of people get thrills from snatching up someone else's germ-laden mobile phones. Two pro footballers certainly thought so.
Southampton Football Club striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, 23, and winger Nathan Dyer, 20, will appear before Portsmouth magistrates on 8 July.
They were arrested in March over claims that items were taken from Bar Bluu nightclub, Southsea, on 28 February.
Southampton FC has declined to comment on the case.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, of Briton Street, Southampton, is the son of former Arsenal and England player Ian Wright and the half-brother of Chelsea and England player Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Nathan Dyer, also of Briton Street, was a member of Southampton's youth team before playing for the Championship club.
Staff members at the nightclub claim three mobile phones, £145 in cash, student cards and cigarettes went missing from three handbags.
Police launched an investigation when a group of men were filmed on CCTV entering the unlocked staff room.
The pair were charged after answering police bail at Portsmouth central police station.
Southampton Football Club has already imposed the biggest punishment possible on both players for late night socialising.
Striker Wright-Phillips, who lives in Southampton, earns about £8,000 a week.
Winger Dyer, who also lives in the city, earns about £5,000 a week. Each player was fined two weeks wages.
They were also dropped from the squad for one match because of their behaviour in breaching a curfew
Police have released photos of three other men allegedly captured on CCTV in the staff room in a bid to trace them.
Ian Wright, 44, described Bradley Wright-Phillips' disciplinary behaviour as "disgraceful" after details of the incident originally leaked out.