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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.

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.


Police: 'Plan ahead for Foo Fighters fun'

The Foo Fighters

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.

Police warn Foo Fighters fans to look after valuables

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.

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters Credit: PA

"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."

– Southern Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer
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