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Appeal after lit flare was thrown during Wear-Tyne derby

Police have released an image of a man they would like to trace after a lit flare was thrown during derby day, last October in Sunderland.

Officers are keen to identify the man pictured as it is thought he was in the area at the time and may be able to help police with their enquiries. Credit: Northumbria Police

On Sunday, October 25, a lit flare was thrown in the concourse area of the Stadium of Light.

Police investigating the public order offence are keen to identify the man pictured as it is thought he was in the area at the time.

  • Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 085806F/15.

Caught on camera: Newcastle fans convicted for bad behaviour

Three Newcastle fans have been given football banning orders and fines totalling £770 after they were caught on high-tech surveillance cameras damaging seats and throwing missiles during April's derby game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

The convictions come as a warning to fans ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby at Sunderland this weekend, when cameras will again be in force.

Kyle Binks, Michael Bland and Adam Inskip appeared before Sunderland Magistrates and received fines and three-year banning orders.

A fourth man, Aaron Carruthers, has admitted criminal damage to a seat and will be sentenced on Friday November 13th.

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Advocaat certain he's the best man for the job

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has said in a press conference that he would leave the club if he didn't think he was up to the task of leading the team, but that he was "very far from that".

The Black Cats suffered a bruising 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend leaving them bottom of the Premier League.

Advocaat admitted that he had been angry at the team for giving away two easy goals in the first 15 minutes, even if later passages of play showed promise.

When trying to explain the poor start to the season, he said some of the clubs new signings had not been fit enough to play when they arrived in Sunderland.

"If you'd seen our preseason, the last week three players came in who hadn't trained. no excuses, but they need time to get in the right shape."

He also said he was certain that better times lie ahead:

Sunderland face Manchester City at home in the third round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow, September 22nd.

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