Twelve-month sentence for horse punch man

Barry Rogerson is given a 12 month sentence Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been jailed for 12 months for punching a police horse in the face after a match between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Forty-five-year-old Barry Rogerson, of Bedlington, Northumberland, last month pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder.

At Newcastle Crown Court today (Thursday) Rogerson was also given a six year football banning order.

His Honour Judge Paul Sloan QC said: "You attended the football match and by the time the match ended you were worse for wear from drinking while taking your medication.

"You were clapping your hands at the police horse, remaining there despite repeated requests to move.

"You had plenty opportunity to move away but punched the horse in the head."

Rogerson was one of seven men being dealt with by Newcastle Crown Court having pleaded guilty to violent disorder. All were jailed.

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Horse puncher jailed

A Newcastle United football fan who admitted punching a police horse in the face after a Tyne-Wear derby match has been jailed for 12 months.