Paul Gascoigne given restraining order for harassing ex-girlfriend


Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined and made subject to a restraining order after he pleaded guilty to sending a series of abusive tweets, phone calls and messages to his ex-girlfriend.

The 48-year-old also pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court to the common assault by beating of "paparazzi" photographer Steven Shepherd and damaging his glasses after spotting him "secretly" taking shots of him.

Gascoigne admitted harassing Amanda Thomas, his girlfriend of five years, during a two-week period in March following their split at the end of last year.