Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on board a train.
The 51-year-old was arrested at Durham station on 20 August and on 19 November, British Transport Police confirmed that he had been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching.
A spokeswoman for the force said: ‘A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham.
‘Paul Gascoigne was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
‘The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year.’ He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on December 11.
The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has issued an emotional denial on social media.
“I respect all women,” he tweeted. The post was “liked” hundreds of times within minutes of being posted. The tweet was later deleted.
Gascoigne from Gateshead, won 57 caps with the English national team.
In 2017, Gascoigne was hailed a hero for confronting would-be housebreakers who were attempting to burgle the home of a neighbour in Poole, Dorset.
In October, Gascoigne hit back at the Scottish Football Association after it emerged a vote to induct him into its hall of fame had been rescinded because some SFA board members had threatened to boycott a dinner to celebrate new inductees.
Gascoigne, who helped Glasgow Rangers to two league titles during a three-year stint at the club, responded on Twitter: “I don’t need to be in The Scottish Hall of Fame to be be recognised as one of the best I feel the love & support of the People and know I was the best.”
He will appear at Newton Aycliffe magistrates court on 11 December.