'Agitated' Gascoigne is sectioned


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Jan 31, 2007
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Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Hertfordshire Police confirmed he was taken to hospital on Sunday following reports that he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead.

A police spokesman said he approached a member of the public and appeared to be unwell and in an agitated state.

He was previously detained under the Mental Health Act in February following an incident at a Tyneside hotel.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called just after 12.30pm on Sunday following a report that a 42-year-old man had approached a member of the public who was unknown to him, appearing unwell and in an agitated state.

"Officers arrived and accompanied the man to hospital so he could be checked over. He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act."

Highs and lows

The ex-midfielder, who has battled with alcohol and health problems, was treated at Middleton St George Hospital in Darlington for two weeks following the hotel incident.

In January 2005, Gascoigne, nicknamed Gazza during his football career, was hospitalised with pneumonia and last year he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer after being taken ill while he was celebrating his 40th birthday.

And in the same year he was arrested for an alleged assault on a photographer outside a Liverpool city centre hotel. The charges were later dropped.

A former player with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough, Gascoigne was sacked after 39 days as manager of Kettering Town in 2005.

During his football career he was capped 57 times for England.

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Very sad. I hope he sorts out his demons soon.