Seven arrests ahead of Wear-Tyne derby

Officers from Northumbria Police say they have arrested seven men ahead of today's derby match.

They were arrested after a search in the Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham areas at about 5am this morning.

The seven - aged 18, 19, 20, 26, 51, 57, 57 - were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit violent disorder and breaching football banning order conditions.

They are currently in custody and enquiries are ongoing. During the searches officers say they seized a number of smoke canisters.

"As part of the planning for today's derby game we executed a number of warrants based on intelligence that we had received.

"We want today's match to be as safe and enjoyable for supporters as possible and we will continue to take action when and where appropriate to ensure that this is the case."

– Chief Supt Steve Neill, Northumbria Police

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