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Swindon Town and former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger charged with criminal damage

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger has been charged with criminal damage

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Former Premier League footballer Nile Ranger has been charged with criminal damage, police said late last night.

Wiltshire Police reported that the 23-year-old Swindon Town FC striker would appear at Swindon Magistrates' Court today.

A force spokesman said: "Wiltshire Police can confirm that Nile Ranger, 23, of Gordon Gardens, Swindon, has been charged with one count of criminal damage.

"He has been remanded in custody. He will appear at Swindon Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning."

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Earlier yesterday it emerged that Ranger is to face a disciplinary hearing called by the League One club, which confirmed that he had been invited to a hearing at the County Ground.

Swindon Town FC said Ranger had been invited to a hearing on Thursday after talks yesterday between chairman Lee Power and team manager Mark Cooper.

A club spokesman said: "Swindon Town can confirm that meetings have taken place between senior members of the club and, having consulted with the various football bodies, the club have invited Nile Ranger to attend a disciplinary hearing on May 1 to take place at the County Ground.

"The club have contacted Nile informing him of this meeting. Meanwhile, an investigation is being carried out.

"The club have provided Nile with reasonable notice of this disciplinary meeting to allow him the opportunity to state his case. The club will make a further statement following Thursday's hearing."

Yesterday, Wiltshire Police said they had been contacted on April 23 by a building management company to report allegations of criminal damage at a residential address in Gordon Gardens. The company was visiting to assess damage reported by residents to have happened on April 13 at about 4am.

"During the course of inquiries the company has supplied the police with a copy of CCTV of an incident," as spokesman said. "Police have been making inquiries to locate a suspect. As a result a man, aged 23, from Gordon Gardens in Swindon will be contacted via his solicitor for interview by appointment in connection with the incident.".

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