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Jailed Nile Ranger investigated after posting Cheick Tiote tribute on social media

4 years ago

Amongst the many, many tributes posted following the sad passing of Cheick Tiote, was one from Nile Ranger.

The pair were together at Newcastle United, until the club finally had had enough of his behaviour and Ranger was kicked out in March 2013.

In his tribute to Cheick Tiote posted on Nile Ranger’s instagram account, it said:

“Sad to hear the news about my brother Cheick Tiote.

“He would go through a brick wall and give you a two footed tackle in training a day before a cup final!

“What a guy though, top man and a professional. My condolences go out to his family.”

Nothing wrong with the actual wording of the tribute but the fact Nile Ranger is in prison, could be a major problem.

Only two weeks into an eight month long prison sentence for an offence of fraud after admitting conspiracy to defraud a woman out of more than £2,000 by obtaining personal banking details and transferring the cash to another account, Ranger is being investigated by the Ministry of Justice.

The Southend Echo report that prisoners in British jails are not allowed social media accounts and mobile phones are banned, although thousands are smuggled in and confiscated every year.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson:

“This behaviour is unacceptable and we are working to get the content removed from social media. The prison is also investigating.

“It is a criminal offence to bring a mobile phone into prison, or transmit sounds or images from within a prison using a mobile phone.

These offences carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison.”


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