Police appeal over derby trouble

Police have released images of people they need to trace following football violence after the Tyne-Wear derby.

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Police appeal to the public over derby football violence

Northumbria Police have urged the public to come forward and help identify people they need to trace following football violence over the weekend.

Outbreaks of disorder came after Newcastle had lost 0-3 to rivals Sunderland in their Premier League game at St James' Park.

Northumbria Police have handed out images of people they need to trace following football violence. These men were spotted on Westgate Road. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire
Outbreaks of disorder resulting in 29 arrests and three police officers being injured. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire

Police release images after Newcastle football violence

Police have released images of people they need to trace following football violence after the Tyne-Wear derby at the weekend.

Outbreaks of disorder across Newcastle city centre resulted in 29 arrests and three police officers being injured.

Northumbria Police have asked for the public's help in identifying people from the CCTV footage.

Northumbria Police have handed out images of people they need to trace following football violence. These men were spotted on Westgate Road. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire
Outbreaks of disorder resulting in 29 arrests and three police officers being injured. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire

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Newcastle horse punch man claims to be 'animal lover'

The man seen punching a police horse during the football violence in Newcastle at the weekend has insisted he is an animal lover.

Barry Rogerson, 45, from Morpeth in Northumberland, was caught on camera lashing out at a police horse before he was hauled to the ground by officers.

Read: Police horse 'fine' after football fan punch attempt

Speaking to newspapers today, the unemployed factory worker accepted he acted stupidly, but said the horse startled him and made him panic.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I reacted stupidly. I did not go out to attack a horse.

"I love animals - I've got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road."

He said the pictures made the incident look worse than it was but that he had no excuse.

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Police horse Bud 'wasn't hurt ' in football fan attack

A West Yorkshire Police horse who was attacked in football riots at the weekend is back recovering in his paddock today. This was Bud at home in Wakefield this morning - after his ordeal in Newcastle yesterday

He was controlling crowds at the Newcastle versus Sunderland match when a fan apparently tried to punch him. His alleged attacker was arrested and bailed. Bud's handlers say he's now doing well.

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Three police officers injured at Newcastle's Central Station after derby

Three British Transport Police officers were injured in disorder at Newcastle Central Station after the derby match between Newcastle United and Sunderland yesterday.

  • A female officer was taken to hospital after a brick was thrown at her shoulder
  • A male officers was left with a black eye after he was elbowed in the face
  • A male sergeant received facial and leg injuries when he was struck by a thrown ballast

The force made four arrests in addition to 29 made by Northumbria Police, for offences including violent disorder and being drunk and disorderly.

Four bailed following Newcastle derby violence

A 45-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of violent disorder by Northumbria Police, following an incident involving a police horse, has been released on police bail.

Two further men - aged 41 and 18 - and a youth aged 15 - who were also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder by British Transport Police have also been bailed, pending further inquiries.

Police: Horse 'wasn't hurt' by football fan attack

Inspector Trevor Thackray, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section, said police horse Bud was having a day off after being punched during troubled that followed yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby.

Police horse handler, Isabelle Collins, with Bud, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section. Credit: PA

"We are pleased to say that Bud is totally fine and resting up after Sunday's eventful operation in Newcastle," he said.

A football fan had attempted to punch the horse in the face before being wrestled to the ground and arrested. Credit: PA

"Our police horses are used to dealing with all types of disorder so, while the images on the news may have looked shocking, Bud wasn't hurt and his regular training ensures that he his acclimatised to this type of situation.

Newcastle United promised lifetime bans for those involved in the violence. Credit: PA

"The West Yorkshire Police mounted section is a well-regarded unit and our horses and officers are hugely experienced, so Bud will be back on the streets the next time duty calls."

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