West Ham footballer charged with nightclub assault
West Ham defender James Tomkins has been charged with assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub.
The 24 year-old defender was arrested after officers were called to the Sugar Hut Village club in Brentwood, Essex, shortly before 12.30am yesterday.
An Essex Police spokesman said: "Officers arrived and arrested James Tomkins before charging him with one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of being drunk and disorderly in a public place."
Tomkins, a former England Under-21 international who appeared for Team GB at the Olympics last year, had played for West Ham hours before the incident in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Tomkins has been released on police bail and will appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court on January 9.