Newcastle United striker held in assault probe

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A Premier League footballer has been arrested after a man was attacked and left unconscious with a suspected broken jaw.

Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger, 20, was arrested a short time after the assault outside Cosy Joes Pub, in Groat Market, Newcastle city centre, at 1.30am on Saturday, August 27.

The 33-year-old victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called after a 33-year-old man was assaulted.

“When police arrived the injured man was unconscious and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary suffering from a suspected broken jaw.

“The offender made off and police carried out a search of the area.

“A 20-year-old man was arrested a short time later, nearby, on suspicion of assault and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

“Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact them.”

Mr Ranger, from London, joined Newcastle in July 2008 from Southampton.

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