Gascoigne arrested over suspected drunken assault

The troubled former England star, who has struggled with alcoholism in the past, was taken into custody after an incident in Stevenage, but later released without charge
Paul Gascoigne has been arrested after an alleged drunken assault at a railway station on Thursday.

The 46-year-old was taken into custody following the incident in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, but was later released without charge.

"Police were called to a report of a man allegedly being drunk and disorderly at Stevenage railway station at 10:30pm on Thursday 4 July," said a Hertfordshire Police spokeswoman.

"Officers attended the location and arrested a 46-year-old male on suspicion of common assault and being drunk and disorderly."

According to The Mirror, Gascoigne attacked his ex-wife Cheryl before turning on a security guard at the station.

The former England and Tottenham star has struggled with addiction and mental health problems since retiring from professional football in 2004, and recently spent five weeks at a rehabilitation clinic in the USA.

Gascoigne vowed to beat his alcoholism upon returning home to Newcastle from the Meadows Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, in March.

"I won't let people down. I am determined to beat this," Gascoigne is reported to have told a passenger on his flight home, according to The Sun.

"I feel like I am in a good place. It's going to work this time. I want it to work more than I ever have done in the past."

Gascoigne made 391 career appearances, scoring 83 goals, and was capped for England 57 times. His former clubs include Lazio, Spurs, Newcastle, Rangers, Everton, Middlesbrough and Chinese outfit Gansu Tianma.