Police appeal over derby trouble

Police have released images of people they need to trace following football violence after the Tyne-Wear derby.

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Police: Horse 'wasn't hurt' by football fan attack

Inspector Trevor Thackray, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section, said police horse Bud was having a day off after being punched during troubled that followed yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby.

Police horse handler, Isabelle Collins, with Bud, of West Yorkshire Police's mounted section. Credit: PA

"We are pleased to say that Bud is totally fine and resting up after Sunday's eventful operation in Newcastle," he said.

A football fan had attempted to punch the horse in the face before being wrestled to the ground and arrested. Credit: PA

"Our police horses are used to dealing with all types of disorder so, while the images on the news may have looked shocking, Bud wasn't hurt and his regular training ensures that he his acclimatised to this type of situation.

Newcastle United promised lifetime bans for those involved in the violence. Credit: PA

"The West Yorkshire Police mounted section is a well-regarded unit and our horses and officers are hugely experienced, so Bud will be back on the streets the next time duty calls."

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