Kevin Pietersen's brother-in-law arrested

It was a controversy Kevin Pietersen could have avoided after being embroiled in a long drama with the ECB last summer © Getty Images

Preston (Lancashire): Jan 23, 2013

Samuel Taylor, brother-in-law of star England batsman Kevin Pietersen, has been arrested by the British police for two rapes and blackmail.

Taylor, who is Pietersen’s wife Jessica Taylor‘s brother, was also found in possession of a sawn-off shotgun, imitation firearms and cannabis, as reported by The Sun.

After being charged on New Year’s Eve, Samuel appeared at the Preston Crown Court and did not enter a plea. He was remanded in custody until later this month.

The former plumber was arrested on January 19 after the police found a weapon buried in a woodland in Preston, Lancashire.

It was a controversy Pietersen could have avoided after being embroiled in a long drama with the ECB last summer over a row over texts sent to members of the South African cricket team.

The South Africa born batsman married Jessica, who is a member of the band Liberty X.