POLICE have released the first set of CCTV images of people they need to trace following disorder after the Tyne-Wear derby.
Officers arrested 29 people throughout the day on Sunday, April 14, and an investigation is now underway to identify and arrest those involved in the disorder which took place immediately after the end of the match, in Newcastle city centre.
The first of the CCTV images released of people police need to speak to in connection with the disorder were all taken on Westgate Road after the match ended.
Newcastle Area Commander Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert said: “Firstly I’d like to thank the public for their help in providing information to us about those involved in the disturbances on Sunday. The vast majority of law abiding residents are clearly as disgusted as we are by some of the scenes which took place.
“This is a fast moving enquiry and we’re doing everything we possibly can to trace those suspected of being involved in any disorder after the derby, and this includes seeking the publics help to identify people from the CCTV footage.
“I’d urge people to take a good look at the images and if they recognise anyone contact us at the earliest opportunity. There’s no place for disorder of any kind and this sort of disgraceful behaviour will not be tolerated.
“This is just the start, we anticipate more arrests and will release more images, and - working with our partners and the public - we will take action against anyone involved in this type of disorderly behaviour.”
Police are reiterating to the public that the incident took place in a small area of the city centre and was short lived. Newcastle returned to normality very quickly.
C/Supt Calvert added: “Officers worked hard to ensure there were no clashes between rival supporters and that no members of the public were hurt. I would like to commend the officers for their professionalism and bravery.
“Those involved are damaging the reputation of true football fans and the people of Newcastle. Those intent on causing trouble are very much in the minority and their behaviour should not be tolerated.”
Anyone who recognises the people in the images is asked to contact police, anonymously if necessary, on 101 ext 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police continue to appeal for anyone who has information about those involved, or who has any footage of the incidents, to get in touch as soon as possible.