Dry trains and extra police at stations as Sunderland and Newcastle head to London

Sunderland supporters at Emirates home of Arsenal during their 3-1 loss. Picture by FRANK REID
Sunderland supporters at Emirates home of Arsenal during their 3-1 loss. Picture by FRANK REID
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Extra transport police officers will be on trains and at stations as Sunderland and Newcastle fans journey to see their teams play in London tomorrow.

Both North East clubs play Premier League opposition in the FA Cup third round tomorrow, with the Black Cats facing Arsenal, and the Magpies taking on Watford.

We will deal robustly with anyone causing crime or anti-social behaviour on the rail network and we would urge the public to report any incidents to us by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.

Inspector Pete Kooper of British Transport Police

Both games kick off at 3pm.

Earlier in the week police advised SAFC fans travelling by road to use the M1 services at Woodhall en route to the game, should they need to.

Now, British Transport Police say that those travelling by rail will see more officers at stations and on trains.

Passengers on rail services back to the North East from 5.30pm will not be allowed to consume alcohol.

Inspector Pete Kooper, of British Transport Police, said: “With Newcastle and Sunderland both playing away on Saturday, rail passengers can expect to see an increased visible police presence on trains and at stations. We will be working closely with the train operators and local police forces to ensure everyone can travel to the games and home again, safely and on time.

“For the comfort of passengers, all services out of London to Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington from 5.30pm have been designated as ‘dry trains’, which means alcohol will not be allowed to be carried or consumed on board.

“We will deal robustly with anyone causing crime or antisocial behaviour on the rail network and we would urge the public to report any incidents to us by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.”