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Nile Ranger's turbulent past: 15 brushes with authority
9:14am Tuesday 29th April 2014 in News
SWINDON Town striker Nile Ranger will appear at Swindon Magistrates Court today having been charged with criminal damage following an incident at his Gordon Gardens home at the weekend.
It's the latest in a line of brushes with authority for the 23-year-old. Here we look back at the controversial footballer's roll of dishonour...
2007: Ranger, 15, is sentenced to 11 weeks in a Young Offenders’ Institute following an armed robbery in London.
May 2011: The striker is pictured posing with a gun, said to be a replica, sparking criticism from the FA and fans. His club at the time, Newcastle, say: “Nile regrets posing for the photograph, which was taken by his girlfriend at home.”
August 2011: Ranger is arrested on suspicion of assault after a 33-year-old man was left unconscious following an attack.
October 2011: The front man is arrested and charged with being drunk and disorderly just days after being picked up on suspicion of drink driving in Newcastle.
March 2012: Ranger is fined £6,000 and warned of his future conduct by the FA after posting homophobic comments on Twitter.
September 2012: Ranger is arrested and charged with criminal damage after kicking down a door at the London home of his then girlfriend. He claimed he believed she was being kidnapped. The court accepted the reason and the case was dropped.
October 2012: The forward is handed a conditional discharge by Newcastle Crown Court after admitting to assaulting two police officers during a night out in the city. Two more serious charges of attacking two members of the public were dropped after prosecutors reviewed the case.
January 2013: Ranger is arrested on suspicion of rape at his home on Tyneside. He is taken to Wallsend Police Station for questioning and released on bail.
April 2013: Ranger is given a 12 months community order after admitting common assault. The striker pulled the hair of his girlfriend at the time: Shakire Bicar: in a street row. He was ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work.
February 2014: Ranger is arrested in Newcastle on suspicion of breaking the conditions of his bail. He was later cleared.
February 2014: Ranger misses a court date in south Wales on a drink drive charge.
March 2014: Ranger is found not guilty of rape by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
March 2014: The former Southampton trainee pleads not guilty to drink driving at a Newport court.
March 2014: Ranger is arrested by police on suspicion of criminal damage on a Liverpool taxi. The 23-year-old was questioned by officers after allegedly damaging the vehicle following a row with the driver at around 6am in the city.
April 2014: Wiltshire Police say they want to speak with the striker after he is allegedly caught on CCTV slapping and punching a woman and breaking down the door to his Swindon flat. He is charged with criminal damage.