Former Newcastle striker Ranger charged with common assault

The striker saw his St James' Park contract terminated a fortnight ago after a series of scrapes with the law and is in trouble again after an altercation in Newcastle city centre
Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been charged with common assault, following an altercation in Newcastle city centre.

Ranger, who left the Magpies by mutual consent a fortnight ago, was detained after being involved in a scuffle in the car park of entertainment complex, The Gate.
Ranger has previously been in trouble for a number of alleged offences, including causing criminal damage, theft and being drunk and disorderly.

"At 7.09pm yesterday evening police received a report of a fight in the car park area at The Gate, Newcastle," a Northumbria police spokesman said.

"A 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault and he is currently in custody helping police with inquiries."

Ranger is set to appear at Newcastle Magistrates Court on Friday.