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Ex-Newcastle striker Ranger arrested

ESPN staff
March 14, 2013
Nile Ranger left Newcastle by mutual consent earlier this month © PA Photos

Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Ranger, 21, who left the Magpies by mutual consent at the beginning of the month, was detained after a fight broke out at the Gate entertainment complex in the city centre.

A Northumbria police spokesperson said: "At 7.09pm yesterday, police received a report of a fight in the car park area at the Gate, Newcastle.

"A 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault and he is currently in custody helping police with inquiries."

Ranger remains without a club after leaving St James' Park, and was recently linked with a move to nearby Workington Reds in the Conference North.

However, Reds boss Darren Edmondson said he would not be pursuing a deal because of the player's lack of interest in making the move.

"I tracked down Nile's number, made a few calls and sent him a text message," he told the News and Star.

"He didn't get back to me, so that's the end of it. I wanted to sound him out about a possible move, but he obviously wasn't interested."

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