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Adam Johnson can continue to play for Sunderland

Adam Johnson

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson appears set to remain available to play for the club after being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

A spokesperson for Sunderland AFC said: "Following yesterday's statement from Durham Constabulary, the club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review.

"The club will not be making any further comment."

Mr Johnson, of Castle Eden in County Durham, was arrested on Monday March 2 and Sunderland AFC initially suspended him pending the outcome of the investigation, but this was lifted on March 18.

The 27-year-old was born in Sunderland and began his career at Middlesbrough FC before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10m in 2012.

He has played for the club three times since his initial arrest in March.

Mr Johnson will appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court on the morning of May 20.

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Stable owners told to be on guard after two fires in a week

Police in Sunderland are asking stable owners to be on their guard after a stable door was set on fire.

Last night (Wednesday, April 22) a stable door had been set on fire at stables in John Street in Fencehouses. It is believed the fire was started deliberately and the incident is being treated as arson.

On Monday, there was a fire at stables in Coxgreen in Houghton-le-Spring. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire and whether or not it was started deliberately.

At this stage there is nothing to suggest the incidents are linked, however, police are asking stable owners to be vigilant as a precaution.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson charged with child sex offences

England footballer and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson, arrives to answer bail at Peterlee police station Credit: PA

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old, plus one offence of grooming.

The 27-year-old was initially arrested on Monday, 2nd March, and was charged after he answered his police bail today at Peterlee police station.

He will appear the magistrates court in Peterlee on the morning of Wednesday, May 20.

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'Arson' attack on stables in Sunderland

Police investigating a fire at a stable block in Houghton-le-Spring believe it was started deliberately.

It happened between 8.15 pm and 9.55 pm on Wednesday, April 22, in John Street, Fencehouses.

The owner of the stable block, who put out the fire before fire crews arrived on the scene, rescued two horses.

The door of the stable was set alight, but no horses were injured.

It comes just a week after five horses died during a blaze at a stable block in Coxgreen Road, New Penshaw. Police have not confirmed if the incidents are linked.

Police are treating the incident as arson.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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