Ex-footie star Paul Gascoigne has been caught on camera leaving a supermarket after taking a bottle of wine off the shelf and walking off without paying for it.

Gazza, 52, was seen strolling away from a Little Waitrose store at London’s King’s Cross Station with the bottle - worth around £9 - before he was followed out by the manager and a security guard.

The former England and Tottenham star, who has been open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol in the past - apologised before going back inside.

Witnesses say the embarrassing incident happened just after midday at the busy London transport hub.

One person who saw the whole spectacle unfold said he saw Gazze brazenly walk out of the small shop without paying for the plonk.

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Paul Gascoigne has been pictured walking out of a supermarket with a bottle of wine without paying

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They told the Sunday Mirror: “I walked into the shop then saw Gazza outside.

“He walked in behind another man who picked a bottle of red wine up from a shelf and headed towards the checkouts.

“But while he was queueing, Gazza took the bottle of wine out of his hand and walked out of the shop without paying.

“It’s only a very small store so the security guard had seen everything.

“He followed him straight out and said to him, ‘You can’t do that’. That’s when I started taking pictures.

“It was agreed that as Gazza had apologised, that if he came back into the store and paid for the bottle he’d be let off.

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Gazza was snapped walking out of a Little Waitrose store at London's King's Cross Station with the £9 bottle of wine

“After a discussion, he went back in and paid for the bottle in cash. It was about £9.”

Our picture shows the star followed by staff, one of them holding the offending bottle.

The incident came just two months after Gazza, whose clubs included Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers, was cleared of sex assault after kissing a woman on a train.

Paul Gascoigne
He said sorry to security before going back and paying for it

He also posed for selfies in return for free booze on a recent night out in Glasgow.

There were other worrying episodes in August, September and October – including a clash with audience members during an event with former England footballer Peter Beardsley, 58.

A Waitrose & Partners spokesman said: “We respect the privacy of our customers and we have no information to provide.”

Gazza’s team was asked for comment but did not respond.