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Jan 25, 2013

Ranger released on bail after rape arrest

Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been released on bail by police after being arrested on suspicion of rape.

Northumbria police were contacted by a woman who claimed to have been raped by the 21-year-old in a hotel room, with the incident allegedly happening at a hotel in the Jesmond area of Newcastle this week.

Ranger was met at his Forrest Hall home by police on Thursday evening and taken to Wallsend police station for questioning.

A Northumbria police spokesperson said: "On Thursday, January 24, a woman reported to police that she had been raped overnight at a hotel in Jesmond. A 21-year-old man has been arrested at an address in Forest Hall on suspicion of rape."

Later, Ranger was bailed after being questioned by detectives and the Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A 21-year-old has been released on bail.''

Ranger has had a troubled time at Newcastle. In August 2011, he was given a 12-month conditional discharge for "two counts of assault by beating against two police officers" following an incident in the centre of Newcastle.

A month later, the former England youth international was arrested for drink-driving. He pleaded guilty and was given a £3,300 fine and a 12-month ban.

In March, he was fined £6,000 by the FA for tweeting a homophobic slur.

The striker has also been subject to disciplinary measures from his club for consistent lateness, with manager Alan Pardew banning him from first team training sessions last year.