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.
Sam Allardyce admitted today that he did have his doubts over taking the Sunderland job, but in the end he just couldn't resist the challenge.
The Black Cats start their traditional relegation battle early this season with Allardyce insisting he has got time to turn things round.
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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.
Smoke is pouring out of the Ward Bros (Steel) Ltd scrap yard. The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service said they got the call at around 1200 and remain at the scene.
A large fire is ongoing near to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
Northumbria Police is reminding people going to next week's Foo Fighters concert at the Stadium of Light to plan ahead before travelling.
More than 50,000 people are expected to travel to Sunderland when the band take to the stage on bank holiday Monday.
Police are urging gig-goers to think about their personal safety and to take care of their property.
Music fans are being reminded to take care of their property when attending the Foo Fighters concert next week in Sunderland.
Police say it is important to look after valuables at the show. Around 50,000 fans are expected at the Stadium of Light on Monday, May 25. They added that with such a large number of people attending the event, it could attract opportunist thieves and pickpockets.
People at the gig should keep phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, wallets and any other valuables safe. Items should be stored in zip pockets or kept close to them at all times.
"Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the Stadium of Light on Monday all looking forward to a great night.
"We want people to remember their night for the right reasons and not for being a victim of crime.
"We know people will be using cameras and mobile phones to take pictures throughout the event and it's really important they do everything they can to protect them.
"We don't want to seem like killjoys because we know people are at the gig to enjoy themselves.
"We would just ask that concert-goers to bear in mind that there may be opportunist thieves taking advantage of the event. Don't give them any opportunity and keep your valuables safe."
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Northumbria Police has issued travel information ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday, April 5th.
There are a number of ways that supporters can get to the game, however officers are advising fans to plan their journeys in advance and give themselves extra time.
Newcastle United are running supporters' coaches from St James' Park direct to the Stadium of Light.
Northern Rail will be providing a direct train service specifically for supporters, from Newcastle Central Station to St Peter's. This will leave at 3:02pm. The return service from Sunderland will leave at 6:42pm.
There will be direct Metro services for Newcastle supporters on match day. These services will only stop at Central Station and St Peter's stations and are for Newcastle supporters only. They will leave at 2:39pm and 2:46pm. For the return journey - there are two Metros running direct from St Peter's station to Central Station. These will be at 6.27pm and 6.35pm.
People can also drive to the game, however roads will be busy and there are a number of ongoing roadworks between Sunderland and Newcastle, so police are advising people to leave extra time and plan journeys in advance.
Roads closed on derby day will be - Sheepfolds North and Sheepfolds Road – near to the St Peter’s Metro station and there will be limited parking in Sunderland on the day.
Acting on feedback from supporters we changed the policing plan for December's game in Newcastle, which gave travelling supporters more options about how to travel to the match. There are a range of options for fans to get to the game and the best advice would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time as it will be a busy Sunday. The coaches are the quickest way to get to and from the game. There are direct metro and train services on the day, but these will be busy. Fans told us that direct trains from Newcastle to Sunderland were something they would like to retain, so this will be available for the coming derby, and in addition the same options and opportunities afforded to Sunderland fans in December will be available for Newcastle fans travelling to Sunderland this time round. Northumbria and British Transport Police officers will be based at Central Station and will not be allowing people who are drunk or are causing trouble to get onto the trains. We would also remind fans that it is an offence to attempt to enter the stadium whilst being under the influence of alcohol."
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