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Jury clears ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne of sex assault and beating charge

Ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexual assault after kissing a woman on a train.

And the former England, Spurs, Lazio and Newcastle United star was also cleared on an alternative charge of assault by beating.

The 52-year-old told jurors he had no sexual intention when he planted the sloppy kiss on the stranger, whom he said had been abused by another passenger.

Paul Gascoigne arrives at court to hear the verdict. Credit: PA

Outside court, Gascoigne joked he was "off to the dentist" after the prosecution accused the former Newcastle midfielder of "lying through his teeth, whichever teeth they were".

Gascoigne, who denied a single charge of sexual assault, told Teesside Crown Court that he kissed the woman on the York to Newcastle train in August 2018 to boost her confidence after he claimed he heard someone call her fat.

Gascoigne wept in the dock as he was cleared of sexual assault.

Gascoigne thanked the judge, jury and his dentist. Credit: PA

As he left court, Gascoigne wiped his eye with a tissue and hugged his agent.

After the verdict was returned, Gascoigne thanked the judge, the jury and his dentist - an apparent reference to evidence earlier in the trial about him not having his false teeth in when he was on the train