Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Gascoigne bailed after alleged assault

Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne was released on bail today after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a photographer.

The former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder was held on suspicion of actual bodily harm in South Kensington, west London, in the early hours of this morning.

He was arrested after a 43-year-old man alleged that he had been assaulted at a nightclub in the area.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: ``Police were called at approximately 3.40am by a 43-year-old man who alleged that he had been assaulted by another man at a club in South Kensington.

``Following inquiries, a 39-year-old man was arrested at a separate club nearby at 4.15am on suspicion of actual bodily harm and is currently in custody at a south west London police station.''

It is understood that the alleged incident took place outside Boujis nightclub in South Kensington, which is popular with celebrities.

The victim of the alleged assault, who is thought to be a photographer, is not believed to have required hospital treatment.

Mr Gascoigne did not comment to waiting reporters as he left Chelsea Police Station today, but smiled and shook his head before being driven away in a waiting black car.

There was a smattering of cheers and applause from passers-by as the former footballer left.

He was released on bail until December.

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