Gascoigne held under Mental Health Act

February 21, 2008

LONDON -- Former England midfield player Paul Gascoigne is being held under the Mental Health Act, a police source said on Thursday.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United player, widely known as Gazza, was arrested at the Hilton hotel in Gateshead, on Wednesday evening.

Nobody was injured and there was no violence and no damage to the hotel.

"A 40-year-old man has been detained," a spokesman for Northumbria Police said.

"We had received a report of concern for a 40-year-old man staying at the hotel. The man was detained under the Mental Health Act."

Gascoigne was most recently manager of Kettering Town and has also played for Lazio and Rangers.

He was capped 57 times by England.