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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Violent Newcastle fans face lifetime bans

Newcastle United management have promised to impose lifetime bans on fans found guilty of "disturbances and disorder" in the aftermath of the club's defeat to local rivals Sunderland yesterday.

A club statement said:

We were embarrassed and appalled by the behaviour of a minority of so-called fans who last night were involved in disturbances and disorder in Newcastle city centre after the match.

Newcastle United have been working with Northumbria Police, and will continue to do so, in order to identify all of the individuals concerned.

The Club will take the strongest possible action against those involved in the disturbances and will impose immediate lifetime bans on all those found guilty.

These deplorable individuals have no place at Newcastle United and bring shame on the Club and the vast majority of its proper, law-abiding, fans.

– Newcastle United


Police ask for help to identify Newcastle perpetrators

Northumbria Police have asked the public for help identifying the perpetrators of today's derby match violence in Newcastle.

The force also praised its officers for their "professionalism and bravery":

Police arrest 29 following Newcastle derby violence

Police said they have arrested 29 people so far following Sunderland's 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park.

"Following the match there were a series of sporadic incidents of disorder in Newcastle city centre involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters", Northumbria Police said in a statement.

The 29 people were arrested "in the main for public order type offences", the force added.

Three police officers hurt in train station clash

Police said that the most serious incident in the scuffles following the derby match involved Newcastle fans in the city's Central Station "attempting to confront Sunderland supporters".

The fans were reportedly intercepted by officers from British Transport Police, resulting in three injuries to police officers.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill of Northumbria Police said:

The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.

Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be

Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city centre,

including an incident at Central Station.

Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated, enquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved.

– Chief Superintendent Steve Neill


In pictures: Fans scuffle with police after derby match

Bottles and firecrackers have been thrown at police as football fans left St James' Park following Sunderland's 3-0 victory over Newcastle this afternoon.

There is a strong police presence outside St. James' Park. Credit: ITV News
Fans chant as the police keep them back. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Firecrackers were thrown at police after the match between Sunderland and Newcastle. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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