'Horse punch' fan pleads guilty

A football fan accused of punching a police horse after trouble flared at the Tyne-Wear derby in April has pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

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'Horse punch' fan denies disorder

A football fan from Northumberland who is accused of punching a police horse has denied violent disorder.

Barry Rogerson, 45, was charged after trouble flared when Newcastle United lost 3-0 at home against their arch-rivals Sunderland in April.

Rogerson, wearing a dark suit, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing where he denied the offence.

Jim Hope, prosecuting, said: "The Crown's position is these matters are so serious they can only be dealt with at the crown court."

District Judge Stephen Earl told Rogerson he must appear at Newcastle Crown Court on September 23.

Rogerson, of Hartlands, Bedlington, was granted conditional bail.

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