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Paul Gascoigne pleads not guilty to sexual assault charge

Paul Gascoigne arriving at Peterlee Magistrates' Court Photo: PA

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman on a train.

The 51-year-old appeared at Peterlee Magistrates' Court on Tuesday December 11, accused of touching the alleged victim while on board a train from York to Durham on August 20.

The former Newcastle and Middlesbrough star, known as Gazza, formally denied one charge of sexual assault by touching.

Gascoigne, of Amy Street, Leicester, chose to be tried by jury and will appear at Teesside Crown Court next year.

District Judge Kristine Harrison told him: "Until that date you are granted unconditional bail."

Gazza, who has been accused of touching the woman while the train was at Darlington, arrived at court wearing a dark blue suit and light blue shirt and was accompanied by three other men.