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Gazza trial adjourned amid wrangle

The trial of former England football star Paul Gascoigne, who is accused of drink driving, has been adjourned following hours of legal wrangling.

At one point the ex-Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player was representing himself after his lawyer withdrew from the case at Northallerton Magistrates' Court.

Gascoigne, 43, is accused of driving a Ford Transit van while more than four times the limit on February 7 at Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire.

The court was told he was found to have 467 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107 milligrams. He denies the charge.

He has also pleaded not guilty to driving without insurance.

The former footballer was due to be represented by lawyer Stephen Andrews but he withdrew from the case after lengthy legal discussions.

Mr Andrews told magistrates he had only recently been instructed and he needed more time to prepare his case and call witnesses.

He said some of the legal documents relating to the case had been sent to Gascoigne's old address in Jesmond.

The court was told Gascoigne now lives at his father's house in Gateshead and had also spent time in rehab and at a holiday cottage.

Magistrates fixed a new two-day trial date for December 13.


From Belfast Telegraph