Gascoigne sectioned twice in five months

FORMER England footballer Paul Gascoigne was released from hospital yesterday after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Gascoigne was sectioned on Sunday after approaching a member of the public in an agitated state in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

A Hertfordshire Police spokeswoman said: “The man is no longer sectioned. Police believe he is no longer in hospital care.”

It was the second time the troubled ex-footballer has been sectioned this year.

Police were called just after 12.30pm on Sunday following reports of the troubled star approaching a member of the public ‘‘appearing unwell and in an agitated state”.

Officers accompanied him to hospital and he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

He was previously sectioned under the act in February after an incident at a Tyneside hotel.

He spent more than a fortnight at Middleton St George Hospital, in Darlington, Co Durham, before being released.

Gascoigne, 41, was seen collapsing in front of travellers at St Pancras railway station in London on Saturday night before being taken away in an ambulance. He was treated in hospital following the incident.

Gascoigne, who won 57 caps for England, was widely regarded as the most gifted player of his generation.

But the midfielder ended up a self-confessed wife beater and an alcoholic. After a series of spectacular binges in 1998, he was admitted to a private clinic to tackle the alcohol addiction.

In December 2005 Gascoigne was arrested for an alleged assault after photographers scrambled to take his picture outside a Liverpool city centre hotel. The photographer later dropped these charges, but the same charge was again brought against Gascoigne in November 2006 over an alleged incident in a London nightclub.


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