Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage on Thursday.
Northumbria Police would not confirm the identity of the man in custody but it is understood to be the former midfielder.
Gascoigne, who has battled alcohol addiction, was arrested at a house in the Dunston area of Gateshead on Thursday morning.
A force spokeswoman said: "A 41-year-old man was arrested at an address in Ravensworth Road, Dunston this morning on suspicion of criminal damage.
"Inquiries are ongoing."
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