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Heavy police presence in Newcastle for EDL protest

There is a heavy police presence in Newcastle for a planned demonstration by the English Defence League over the death of a British soldier in Woolwich.

Police vans lined up in Newcastle
Police vans lined up in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees / Ross Hutchinson

About 1,000 officers were expected to be on duty in the city centre, backed by 10 police horses on loan from the West Yorkshire force.

A statement on the Northumbria Police website said: "We appreciate that the events in London on Thursday may have heightened community concerns about this weekend's planned protests in Newcastle.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and will continue to adapt accordingly."

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

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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

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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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.

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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.

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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