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Ex-Newcastle striker charged with rape

Newcastle player Nile Ranger in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park
British police say former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been charged with rape.
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NEWCASTLE, England (AP)

British police say former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been charged with rape.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation after Nile was accused of rape in the early hours of Jan. 23 at a hotel in the Newcastle area.

In a statement the force said, "A rape was reported to police on Thursday January 24, 2013, and relates to an incident which happened in the early hours of Wednesday January 23 at a hotel in Jesmond.

"Nile Ranger, 22, of Bailey Close, Harringay, London, has been charged with rape. He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on August 21."

Ranger was released by Newcastle in March and is yet to be signed by a new club.

He played a part in the Magpies winning the Championship in 2009-10 but struggled to win a permanent place in the first team once the club was established back in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Englishman will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Aug. 21.