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Paul Gascoigne drink-driving trial lawyer's quit threat

Paul Gascoigne
Image caption Paul Gascoigne denies a drink-driving charge

The drinking and driving trial of former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been adjourned following hours of legal wrangling.

His lawyer quit after Northallerton magistrates refused to give him more preparation time by delaying the case.

They later agreed to postpone the trial and Stephen Andrews said he would now continue to represent Mr Gascoigne.

The ex-midfielder, 43, denies driving while more than four times the limit in North Yorkshire in February.

A date for the new trial has yet to be fixed.

Mr Gascoigne, of Jesmond, Newcastle, also denies driving with no insurance.

Mr Andrews earlier told magistrates he had only recently been instructed and he needed more time to prepare his case and call witnesses.

But his application to adjourn was dismissed by the bench, which accused Mr Gascoigne of creating a delay.

The magistrates said they intended to hear the case on Wednesday along with that of co-accused Michael Harvey, 41.

The trial was finally adjourned after the magistrates heard there was not enough time left in the day to hear the case.

Mr Gascoigne, 43, is accused of driving a Ford Transit van while more than four times the legal alcohol limit on 7 February at Leeming Bar, in North Yorkshire.

A previous hearing was told that when tested he was found to have 467 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107 milligrams.

Mr Harvey, of Wood Street, Gateshead, is accused of similar offences which have not yet been specified in court.

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