Sunderland arrests over derby day disorder

CAUGHT ON CAMERA ... Barry Rogerson was pictured lashing out at a police horse.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA ... Barry Rogerson was pictured lashing out at a police horse.
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THE total number of people arrested on derby day has now reached 29.

Five people were arrested in Newcastle city centre before the match.

They included Craig McGee, of Hutton Grove, Haswell, County Durham, who has been charged with causing fear or provocation of violence.

The 31-year-old will appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on May 9.

A number of people were arrested during the game.

They included Michael Briggs, 27, of Strandford Road, Seaham, who has been charged with being drunk and disorderly, and will appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on May 13.

Daniel Purvis, 24, of Fieldway, Jarrow, has been charged with possessing a firework or flare at a sports event.

He will also appear before city magistrates on May 13.

After the match, 12 arrests were made in Newcastle during violence which saw three British Transport Police and one Northumbria Police officer injured.

Four arrests were on suspicion on violent disorder, one of which included an incident with a police horse.

Four arrests were made in Sunderland. Two men aged 30 were given fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly.

A 24-year-old man was arrested in the city for criminal damage and bailed pending further inquiries.

Anthony Paul Holyoak, 21, of Brandling Street, Roker, has been charged with being drunk and disorderly and will appear at Sunderland magistrates on May 1.

An investigation is under way to identify anyone involved in the disorder in Newcastle.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “It’s possible the people involved hadn’t even been to the match, and in no way do they reflect the tens of thousands of true football supporters who attended the game to enjoy the occasion and support their team.”

He added: “There is no place for violence in football and any disorder is completely unacceptable.”

A statement by NUFC read: “We were embarrassed and appalled by the behaviour of a minority of so-called fans who were involved in disturbances and disorder in Newcastle city centre after the match.

“The club will take the strongest possible action against those involved in the disturbances and will impose immediate lifetime bans on all those found guilty.”