Police release Sunderland star Bramble as sex and drugs claims are investigated

Titus Bramble leaves Middlesbrough Police station.
Titus Bramble leaves Middlesbrough Police station.
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AFTER 15 hours of questioning over sexual assault and drug allegations, Titus Bramble leaves a North East police station.

The £40,000-a-week defender now faces a showdown with Stadium of Light bosses after his arrest in the early hours of yesterday.

Cleveland police quizzed the Sunderland star following an alleged incident in Yarm, Teesside, before releasing him on bail last night.

The 30-year-old was spotted leaving the Middlesbrough police station with a document in his hand.

It is understood the player had been enjoying a night out in Yarm, close to his Wynyard home on Tuesday evening, just 24 hours after Sunderland’s 2-1 away defeat to Norwich.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “A 30-year-old-man from Wynyard has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug.”

The incident is alleged to have happened sometime after 2.30am yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Sunderland AFC said: “The club is looking into this matter but due to ongoing police investigations is unable to comment further at this stage.”

Bramble’s arrest comes 12 months after he was quizzed on suspicion of rape by Northumbria Police.

He was later released without charge. His older brother Tesfaye, 31, was convicted of rape and jailed for four-and-a-half years but is now in the process of appeal against his conviction.

Bramble attended the week-long trial at Leeds Crown Court and gave evidence in his brother’s defence.

The victim told the court she had met the brothers in the VIP section of Madame Koo’s bar in Newcastle in September last year. She went to a hotel where she fell asleep and woke to find a “figure” on top of her.

Tesfaye Bramble told he jury he had got into the bed to “try my luck” and the sex had been consensual. But a jury found him guilty of raping the 19-year-old.

Bramble, who has 10 caps for England U-21s, joined Sunderland from Wigan for £1million last summer.

He scored his first goal for the Black Cats in last week’s 4-0 home win over Stoke City.

His brother has played international football for Montserrat, a British island in the Caribbean, and was a striker for a non-league team when he was arrested.

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