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Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller rebuilds Jamaica home

Premier League striker Ricardo Fuller has been spending his holidays trying to rebuild his childhood home in Jamaica, which was damaged by riots.

The Stoke City player was raised by his grandmother whose house was damaged by fire during unrest in the capital.

Supporters of suspected gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke have been accused of rioting in Kingston to prevent his deportation to the US.

Mr Fuller said he felt like his history had been wiped out with the home.

Mr Coke was arrested in June and has since been flown to New York to face drug and gun trafficking charges.

Jamaican nurturing

People in Kingston are now trying to rebuild their homes following the month of unrest and violence when Mr Coke was on the run.

The 30-year-old Staffordshire footballer said: "I can't believe what has happened to the house, it had so much history.

"I feel like I don't exist any more, mind you I could have been sleeping at home when it happened, the fire could have come down and killed me straight away, so I can't even explain how I feel some days."

Some members of his family have lost all their possessions except for the clothes on their back.

"Some people might know me in England, some people might know who I am in Jamaica, but if it wasn't for all the care and nurturing during all that time in the house I would never be the person I am today."

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