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Paul Gascoigne Claims His Bank Account Hacked
The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has claimed he was targeted by hackers who stole up to £50,000 from his bank account.
The 46-year-old, whose battles with alcoholism have been well documented, said his account was hit 23 times in two days.
Gascoigne, who was once reportedly worth £14m but ended up facing bankruptcy over a £32,000 unpaid tax bill in 2011, said he had been "bled dry" in the scam.
Speaking outside his Bournemouth home, he told The Sun he believed he knew who was responsible but that he did not understand how it had happened.
He said: "I know who did it ... It was quite a lot of money.
"It wasn't that much. **** knows. I don't know. Website, internet, I've not got a clue."
Police are investigating the claims by the former Tottenham and Newcastle player, who said between £9,000 and £50,000 had been stolen.
Widely regarded as one of the most talented footballers of his generation, Gascoigne has fought a protracted battle with alcohol including a number of stints in rehab.
Most recently in February he was taken to intensive care after a detox spell at a clinic in Arizona in the US.
He later said that he had overheard doctors saying that they did not think he was going to make it.
In August he was fined £1,245 for drunkenly assaulting railway staff at Stevenage train station in July.