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Former international footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with two counts of assault and being drunk and disorderly at a railway station earlier this month.

Troubled

The British Transport Police (BTP) issued a statement that Paul has been charged with being drunk and disorderly after answering bail earlier today. The charge is in relation to an incident that occurred on July 4 at Stevenage train station involving an argument with his ex-wife Sheryl. The 46-year old was arrested on the day but was later released on police bail. Gascoigne allegedly confronted Sheryl and grabbed her arm as he she changed trains.

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 authorised 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.”

He will appear before magistrates in Stevenage against three charges on August 5.

In recovery

Gascoigne received treatment at a clinic in Arizona earlier this year but after a brief stay he returned to the UK and after a period of time relapsed. The life-long struggle with alcohol has nearly killed him and efforts are being made to encourage Paul back into treatment for his alcoholism. A fortnight ago he was rushed to hospital in London after being found in a poor state. Gazza has vowed to give us alcohol for good but will need to continued support of his close friends and family to do so.

Alcoholism can ruin lives and the last decade of Paul’s life has seen more than its fair share of misery and suffering. Treatment is the way forward and it is not too late to give up the drink for good, no matter how many times you have tried. If something is worth doing then you must try and try again until you succeed. If you have the will to do it and the right support conquering an addiction, no matter how gripping, can be achieved.

Regardless of the outcome of the charges we hope that Paul can make it to rehabilitation, put his alcohol troubles behind him and start to rebuild.

If you need advice about and addiction or to find out how to get treatment, contact us today on freephone 0800 44 88 688 or text HELP to 66777.

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