Cats pair to face wrecking spree charges

WRECKING SPREE: Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner, who has been charged along with fellow player Lee Cattermole over an alleged wrecking spree.
WRECKING SPREE: Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner, who has been charged along with fellow player Lee Cattermole over an alleged wrecking spree.
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BLACK Cats stars Lee Cattermole and Nicklas Bendtner are both facing charges over an alleged car-wrecking spree in Newcastle.

The pair are accused of damaging a number of cars in Stowell Street, in the China Town area of the city.

The street is just yards the Sports Direct Arena ground, home of Sunderland’s arch rivals Newcastle United.

Northumbria Police yesterday confirmed the pair, who answered bail yesterday, had been charged with offences of criminal damage.

The incidents are alleged to have happened on Tuesday, December 6, the day that current Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was unveiled as the club’s manager.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Lee Cattermole, 23, and Nicklas Bendtner, 24, both from Ponteland, in Northumberland, have been charged with five offences of criminal damage.

“They are due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on February 27.”

After struggling for form under previous manager Steve Bruce club captain Cattermole, who started his career with hometown club Middlesbrough before moving to Wigan Athletic, has enjoyed an impressive spell under former Celtic and Aston Villa manager O’Neill.

However, he is sidelined with a hamstring problem at the minute and has missed the last four games.

On-loan Arsenal forward Bendtner has struggled for consistency since moving to Wearside and has scored just three goals.

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The Denmark international is currently out of action after breaking his nose in a 2-0 win over Swansea City at the Stadium of Light last month.

Both players are expected to return to training soon.

Just weeks after Cattermole and Bendtner were both arrested on suspicion of the damage, O’Neill said: “Certainly, whenever there’s a situation where potential charges are concerned, I’ve always believed in waiting until proceedings are complete before the club looks to deal with it itself.

“And, as things stand, I have no problem including Lee Cattermole and Nicklas Bendtner in the team.”

Sunderland AFC chose not to comment on the news that Cattermole and Bendtner are to face the charges.

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