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Gascoigne charged with assault

Paul Gascoigne has been charged with two counts of common assault.
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Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne has been charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at a railway station.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the ex-footballer had also been charged with being drunk and disorderly after answering bail earlier on Sunday.

A BTP spokesman said the charges against the 46-year-old related to an incident which occurred on July 4 at Stevenage rail station in Hertfordshire.

Confirming that Gascoigne has now been charged with three offenses, Baljit Ubhey, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: "Following a BTP investigation, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against the 46-year-old man.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorized officers from BTP to charge the man with common assault and being drunk and disorderly.

"The charges are in relation to an incident at Stevenage rail station on the evening of Thursday July 4. The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Gascoigne, who received treatment for alcoholism in an American clinic earlier this year, has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Stevenage on August 5.

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