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Paul Gascoigne: 'Looking forward to getting on with life'

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Paul Gascoigne joked outside court that he was off to the dentist after being cleared of a sexual assault and found not guilty of assault by beating after kissing a woman on a train.

The ex-footballer smiled and stood beside his solicitor Imogen Cox as she read the statement on his behalf.

It said: "To have a sexual allegation for over 12 months has been tough.

"I am so glad I was finally able to put over my side of the story and that the jury came to the correct verdict.

"I'm now looking forward to getting on with my life."

Mr Gascoigne himself then said: "I am off to the dentist."

He had said earlier in the trial any impression he had been slurring his words was because he did not have his false teeth in when he was on the train.

Paul Gascoigne and his solicitor speak to the media
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Gascoigne thanks his dentist

Press Association

Paul Gascoigne has thanked the jury, the judge and his dentist - after he was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on a train and also not guilty of assault by beating

The ex-footballer - seen below leaving court - had said earlier in the trial any impression he had been slurring his words was because he did not have his false teeth in when he was on the train.

The former midfielder took the teeth out during his evidence and demonstrated how different his voice sounded without them in.

Paul Gascoigne leaving Teesside Crown Court
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BreakingPaul Gascoigne not guilty of assault by beating

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of assault by beating.

The 52-year-old former England footballer was also cleared of a sexual assault earlier today.

More to follow.

Paul Gascoigne train kiss trial verdict so far

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been on trial this week after kissing a woman on board a train from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

  • The jury reached a verdict that he was not guilty of sexual assault
  • Before the jury was sent out on Wednesday, Judge Peter Armstrong told them if they all agreed the defendant was not guilty of sexual assault, they could consider a lesser offence of assault by beating
  • The jury continues deliberating from 14:00 on that charge
  • The judge said "assault by beating" is committed if the defendant "intentionally applies unlawful force to another who does not consent to it"
Paul Gascoigne
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Paul Gascoigne told court kiss was 'to boost confidence'

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne had told his trial he gave a woman on a train a "peck on the lips" to "boost her confidence" after he heard a male passenger call her overweight.

Michelle Heeley QC, defending, said the former player had been "naive" in kissing the woman, but that it had not been a sexual act.

Prosecutor William Mousley had told the court that Mr Gascoigne had "lied, and lied, and lied" during the trial, which heard he had been drunk on board the train.

The 52-year-old has been cleared of sexual assault.

The jury is due to begin deliberating again at 14:00 on a lesser charge of assault by beating.

Judge Peter Armstrong told the jury that is committed if the defendant "intentionally applies unlawful force to another who does not consent to it".

Judge to accept majority verdict on assault charge

Press Association

The jury in the Paul Gascoigne trial will continue deliberating at 14:00 on the alternative charge of assault by beating.

Judge Peter Armstrong told the jury he will accept a majority verdict on this count.

The ex-England footballer was cleared of sexual assault earlier after kissing a woman on a train from York to Newcastle.

Mr Gascoigne denied the charge and told Teesside Crown Court that he kissed the woman to boost her confidence after he claimed he heard someone call her fat.

The former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton midfielder wept in the dock as the not-guilty verdict was delivered.

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

Paul Gascoigne at Teesside Crown Court
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Verdict expected later as case breaks for lunch

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The Paul Gascoigne case has now broken for lunch.

No further verdict is expected before 14.00.

The former England footballer has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on a train in August 2018.

The jury is still considering a lesser charge of assault by beating.

Gascoigne 'weeping' as not guilty verdict delivered

Fiona Trott

BBC News

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne appeared to be weeping as a jury found him not guilty of sexual assault.

Shouts of "yes" were heard from public gallery.

The jury is still deliberating on a lesser charge of assault by beating.

The 52-year-old had denied "forcefullly and sloppily" kissing a woman on a service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

BreakingPaul Gascoigne not guilty of sexual assault

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of sexual assault.

The 52-year-old was accused of "forcefully and sloppily" kissing a woman on a service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

The jury at Teesside Crown Court is now considering an alternative count of assault by beating

Would-be burglars knock hole in Greggs

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves attempted to break into a Greggs store by knocking a hole in the wall.

The branch in Portrack Retail Park, Stockton, was targeted overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

Significant damage was caused to the premises, but nothing was stolen.

Cleveland Police has appealed for information.

Hole in Greggs
Cleveland Police
Hole in Greggs
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Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Paul Gascoigne trial jury returns to consider verdict

Jurors in the trial of Paul Gascoigne will continue their deliberations today.

The ex-England footballer is accused of kissing a woman on the lips while drunk on a train.

He denies one count of sexual assault by touching and says he kissed her to "boost her confidence" after he heard a male passenger call her overweight.

The jury was sent home last night and will return to consider its verdict at Teesside Crown Court at 10.30.

Paul Gascoigne arriving at court
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House at centre of anti-social behaviour in Stockton shut down

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A drugs den which left neighbours “sleep deprived” and “worried for their safety” amid screaming, drinking, urinating in the street and a stabbing has been shut down.

There had been complaints of drug dealing, a constant flow of visitors by car and residents also complained about visitors to the house at all hours, with one report of 200 separate visits in only three days.

A stabbing to the rear of the property was also reported in late August.

With support from Cleveland Police, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council secured a closure order on 69 Wren Street in Oxbridge yesterday.

The order means the tenant has been evicted and the house will now be boarded up for three months.

The council is warning that if anyone tries to enter the property then they will be prosecuted.

69 Wren Street
Stockton Council

Jury in Paul Gascogine trial to continue deliberating tomorrow

Jurors in the trial of Paul Gascoigne have been sent home for the day.

The ex-England footballer is accused of kissing a woman on the lips while drunk on a train.

He denies one count of sexual assault by touching and says he kissed her to "boost her confidence" after he heard a male passenger call her overweight.

The jury will continue its deliberations at Teesside Crown Court at 10.30 on Thursday.

Paul Gascoigne trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The jury in the trial of former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has retired to consider its verdict.

The 52-year-old is accused of "forcefully and sloppily" kissing a woman on a service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

He claims he kissed her on the lips to "boost her confidence" after he heard a male passenger call her overweight.

Mr Gascoigne denies a single charge of sexual assault by touching.

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

Paul Gascoigne train kiss trial: Jurors offered alternative offence

Fiona Trott

BBC News

The judge in the trial of the former footballer Paul Gascoigne, who’s charged with sexual assault, is summing up the case at Teesside Crown Court.

The 52-year-old is accused of kissing a woman in a forceful and drunken way on board a train in August last year.

Judge Peter Armstrong has told the jury if they find the defendant guilty of sexual assault, they should return a verdict of guilty, but if they are all agreed he is not guilty of sexual assault, they may consider an alternative lesser offence of ‘assault by beating’ which involves unlawful force.

Previously, the court heard the former footballer say a passenger was being offensive about the complainant’s weight and so he gave her "a little peck", as a confidence boost.

He insisted the act wasn’t sexual.

Mr Gascoigne denies the charge. The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne train kiss trial: Ex-footballer 'lied and lied and lied'

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne "lied and lied and lied" when he told a jury he kissed a woman on a train to comfort her, a court has heard.

The 52-year-old is accused of "forcefully and sloppily" kissing a woman on a service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

He claims he kissed her on the lips to "boost her confidence" after he heard a male passenger call her overweight and denies sexual assault by touching.

In his closing speech prosecutor William Mousley QC said of Mr Gascoigne's account: "Right from the start, members of the jury, he lied, and lied, and lied.

"He lied right up to and including the time when he was giving evidence in court yesterday.

Defence barrister Michelle Heeley QC said “a kiss can mean many things - a mother saying goodnight to child, or team mates when you’ve scored one of greatest goals ever seen against Scotland in 1996.”

She also said that in his own naive way, Mr Gascoigne thought he was giving a larger woman more body confidence and they had to be sure the intent was sexual.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne
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Yorkshire's former mining towns still struggling - Report

Former mining towns and villages in Yorkshire still haven't fully recovered from the closure of local pits, according to new report.

Headstocks at Hatfield Colliery
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Issues including social disadvantage, ill health and unemployment extend beyond former miners, the report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sheffield Hallam University says.

About 77,000 people in Yorkshire's former coalfield communities are on out-of-work benefits, which amounts to about 10% of adults of working age in those areas, the report adds.

Over 40% of coalfield areas in Yorkshire are in the most deprived parts of Britain, it says.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and mainly dry start, though rain already over western parts will soon move east to all areas.

Turning drier later this morning. This afternoon will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 14C (57F) with a low of 6C (43F):

A weather graphic
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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Welcome to Yorkshire had 'spend now, worry later' culture

The new chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire says the tourism agency previously operated under a culture of "spend now, worry about it later".

Peter Box
BBC

Peter Box released two reports this afternoon - one looking into the organisation's finances, and another at its future.

One, dated 29 August, said without a £500,000 loan from North Yorkshire County Council and another £1m investment "Welcome to Yorkshire will run out of cash by November at the latest".

The second revealed, among other matters, it spent £250,000 on its display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show - more than three times the £80,000 it had budgeted.

Former chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

It’s clear to me, from reading both reports that governance and strategic oversight of the operations have been largely absent. Financial planning was not robust enough which led to a culture of spend now, worry about it later."

Peter BoxWelcome to Yorkshire chairman

Yorkshire river £5m scheme to go back to the wild

What's thought to be the biggest river rewilding scheme in the north of England is under way on the River Derwent.

River Derwent at Elvington
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The 100-mile long river, which flows from Fylingdales Moor on the North York Moors, to the River Ouse about 20 miles south of York, marks the boundary of the East Riding for more than 20 miles.

The Environment Agency's £5m programme will see weirs and locks modified so trout and salmon can migrate up the river more easily.

Non-native plants will also be removed in a bid to help stop riverbanks eroding.

The project is expected to take five years to complete.

Man jailed over thousands of indecent images of children

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A Teesside man with more than 177,0000 indecent images of children has been jailed for four years.

Robin Moffat (pictured), 61, of Palmerston Street, Stockton, photoshopped the face of a young girl on many of the images of abuse.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child, one count of possession of a prohibited image of a child and one count of possession of an extreme pornographic image and was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court today.

In a statement read out in court the victim said she felt "anxious and physically sick" when she was told how pictures of her had been used.

Investigating Officer Det Con Pete Howes of Cleveland Police's Paedophile Online Investigation Team said: "This was a unique case which required meticulous examination of a huge number of indecent images, many of which were in the worst category.

"I welcome the sentence passed today. It reinforces our message that police, the CPS and the courts will do all they can to ensure those who pose danger to children - among the most vulnerable in our society - are apprehended and brought to justice."

Robin Moffat
CLEVELAND POLICE

Paul Gascoigne train kiss trial: Star breaks down in court

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

The former Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne has broken down in court as he denied sexually assaulting a woman on a train.

Giving evidence before a jury at Teesside Crown Court Mr Gascoigne said he was travelling from Birmingham to Newcastle with his nephews on 20 August last year.

He said many passengers were asking for selfies or autographs from him on the train.

Mr Gascoigne said he heard another male passenger, who he couldn’t see, say about a female passenger on the train: “What do you want a photo of her, she’s fat and ugly."

Mr Gascoigne said he “automatically” went to sit next to the woman but denied that he tried to sit on her.

He said he gave her a kiss “just on the lips.”

Mr Gascoigne became emotional in the dock and had to be handed a tissue by an usher as he gave his evidence.

He said he told the woman: “You’re not fat and ugly - you’re beautiful.”

He was asked whether he meant to kiss the woman in a sexual manner. “No” he replied.

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by intentionally touching and the trial continues.

Big fall in jobless total in Yorkshire and Humber

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region, according to the latest statistics.

Job Centre Plus sign
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The number of people out of work in the region fell by 28,000 between June and August to 108,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nationally, though, there's been an increase in unemployment, up by 22,000 to 1.31 million people currently out of work.

Man charged with attempted murder

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in Stockton on Sunday.

The 31-year-old man was charged after the incident on Marske Lane on Sunday.

He is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court later.

The 25-year-old woman is in a stable condition in hospital.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Light rain this morning should gradually ease to leave a cloudy and dry day with some sunny spells.

This evening should continue dry with clearing skies.

Overnight it will cloud over, with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later in the night:

Weather graphic
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Woman 'did not realise man was Paul Gascogine'

A woman has told the sex assault trial of former footballer Paul Gascoigne that she did not know it was him at the time.

The 52-year-old is accused of an "unpleasant" sex assault on the service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

At Teesside Crown Court she said: "He kissed me full on the lips. I was taken aback, it was completely out of the blue.

"I pushed him off to say that’s not ok. I just completely froze.

"It was sloppy and it was not like a peck on the cheek, it was very full on the lips. It was a forceful kiss."

She said another passenger intervened and said it was an assault and not appropriate behaviour.

It was only a few days later, after seeing a TV report, that she realised the man was Mr Gascoigne, she said.

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by touching.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne kissed woman 'forcefully and sloppily'

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The former Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne “forcefully and sloppily” kissed a woman on the lips while drunk on a train, a court heard.

Teesside Crown Court was told Mr Gascoigne had been noisy and shouting and at one stage tried to sit on the woman, who was on her way home from work.

Prosecutor William Mousley said the woman left the train “shocked, upset, perhaps even frightened.”

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by intentionally touching in August last year.

The jury heard he was arrested in Jesmond, Newcastle and told the police he had “kissed a fat lass. “

He told them it was “a peck on the lips” and indicated he did not consider it serious.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne
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Five arrested over concerns for man

Two more men have been arrested by police investigating a report of a man being forced to get into a car in in Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police have been investigating after concerns for the man seen getting into a car in Bedford Street at about midday on Saturday.

The vehicle, a silver Ford Kuga, has been located but officers haven't yet spoken to the man involved to ensure he is safe and well.

Three men were arrested on Saturday and two today and all five are in custody.

Police have not identified the alleged victim and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Paul Gascoigne arrives for sexual assault trial

The former Middlesbrough and Newcastle footballer Paul Gascoigne has arrived at Teesside Crown Court to face an allegation of kissing a woman without consent.

The 52-year-old has already entered a not guilty plea to the single charge of sexual assault, and his trial at Teesside Crown Court is due to start later on Monday.

The ex-midfielder is accused of kissing the woman on a train between York and Newcastle last August.

At a previous hearing earlier this year, the court heard how the ex-midfielder's defence will be that he has a propensity to kiss people "in a non-sexual manner".

The trial is due to last five days

Paul Gascoigne
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Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

Police raids unearth cannabis farms

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

Three cannabis farms with a street value of almost £500,000 have been found in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough.

Police targeted addresses in Deacon Street, Thornton Street and Kings Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

More than 360 cannabis plants and 10 kg of what is suspected to be cannabis were found in Kings Road.

Plants estimated to be worth £5,000 were seized from Thornton Street.

In Deacon Street about 50 suspected cannabis plants were recovered worth about £41,000.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Deacon Street and charged with possessing a controlled drug of Class B.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave a largely dry, sunny day, with occasional showers in the afternoon.

Tonight any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However, a shortage of crews means train operator Northern will be running a reduced service on some routes today. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

The Selby-Leeds, York-Doncaster and Leeds-Doncaster routes are among those expected to be affected, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Services have also been disrupted between Leeds and Doncaster/Sheffield due to an earlier incident. Trains are now returning to normal, but could be delayed up to about 08:30.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However, there may be disruption between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster/Swinton following an "incident".

Delays are expected until at least 09:00, according to National Rail Inquiries.

Also:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below: