Gascoigne fined for £1,000 for drunken assault on security guard at rail station

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 after he admitted drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a railway station.

Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court

Gascoigne, 46, who has battled alcoholism for many years, was fined £600 for one charge of assault and £400 for a drunk and disorderly charge.

The former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was arrested after police were called to Stevenage station in Hertfordshire at around 10.30pm on July 4.

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Security guard Jack Sherrington noticed that Gascoigne was staggering towards the railway tracks. Staff tried to help him by putting him in a wheelchair, but he became abusive to Mr Sherrington and used the “c-word” repeatedly, Elaine McMillan, prosecuting, told Stevenage Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court

Ms McMillan said Gascoigne grabbed hold of Mr Sherrington in the neck area – an assault which lasted a few seconds.

The court heard that Gascoigne, of Gateshead, had been in Newcastle visiting his father, who has a heart condition. He was travelling from Newcastle to London but got off at Stevenage.

His lawyer, Gavin Harris, said he had only consumed a small amount of alcohol due to a “combination of stress caused by worry for his father and acute pain from a hip operation six weeks previously”.

In a statement outside court, Mr Harris said his client wanted to publicly apologise for his actions. “He now wishes to be left alone to carry on with his recovery.”