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Police appeal for alleged victim to come forward

Police looking to interview former Premiership footballer Nile Ranger in connection with an alleged assault on a woman have appealed for the female captured with him on CCTV to come forward.

Video of the alleged incident appears to show a woman being punched by the 6ft 2in footballer outside an apartment block in Swindon at around 4am on April 13.

The 23-year-old also faces questioning in connection with criminal damage caused to a lift door, wall and a glass panel which was smashed at the property, causing in "the region of £2,000" worth of damage Wiltshire police said.

Read: Police appeal for alleged female victim to come forward

During the course of enquiries the company have supplied the police with a copy of CCTV of the incident which shows a man kicking and smashing the door and lift, and at one point punching a female who was with him.

Police have been making enquiries to locate the suspect. As a result a man, aged 23, from Gordon Gardens in Swindon will be contacted via his solicitor for interview by appointment in connection with the criminal damage and assault.

Police are keen to hear from the woman who was with the man on April 13 at 4am and would encourage her to come forward and speak to police.

– Wiltshire Police statement

Police trying to locate Nile Ranger over assault claim

Former Premiership footballer Nile Ranger is being sought by police in connection with an alleged assault on a woman and criminal damage at a block of flats.

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger Credit: PA

The ex-Newcastle United striker - who now plays for Swindon Town in League One - has been reported to police by both a building management company and the Sunday Mirror, which reported that it had been given CCTV footage of the alleged incident, taken by a camera outside the flats.

It allegedly shows the 23-year-old footballer punching a woman and trying to repeatedly barge and kick the door to the flats in Gordon Gardens, Swindon, Wiltshire on April 13.

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