Seven Sunderland fans among 19 charged following Tyne-Wear derby

Sunderland took a 1-1 draw from St Jamess Park after a late equaliser from Newcastle United on Sunday.
Sunderland took a 1-1 draw from St Jamess Park after a late equaliser from Newcastle United on Sunday.

At least seven Sunderland fans are among 19 people set to appear in court following the police operation at Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

The match between Newcastle United and Sunderland, which ended 1-1, was attended by a crowd of more than 52,000 at St James’s Park.

Police afterwards praised the majority of supporters for their behaviour, but interim football banning orders have been handed out to the 19 who face charges.

Of them, police confirmed that at least nine were home supporters, and seven were away.

They will all appear before Newcastle Magistrates Court on April 6, and include Andrew Cowell, 34, of Hardwick Street, Peterlee, who has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Kevin Dakers, 33, of Victoria Avenue, Sunderland, has been charged with being drunk and disorderly.

Jake Cavanagh, 21, of Atlantis Road, Farringdon, has been charged with throwing missiles.

Lee Harwood, 31, of Cheviot Gardens, Seaham, has been charged with being drunk in a football ground.

Marc Ferguson, 20, of Spa Well Drive, Sunderland, has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Daniel Lowe, 23, of Glen Garth, Kelloe, Durham, has been charged with possession of a controlled drug and being drunk and disorderly.

Carl Griffin, 25, of Geoffrey street, Whitburn, has been charged with disorderly conduct.

After the match, Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Steve Neill had said: “I want to praise football fans who attended the Tyne-Wear derby and behaved impeccably at what was a very tense occasion.

“There was a highly visible policing presence in the city which enabled us to minimise the impact on visitors to the city keeping match-related disruption to a minimum. But both sets of fans showed that they can enjoy the passion of this game without the poison that has blighted some of the past meetings between our two clubs. We want to thank the footballing community for working with us to make it a derby we can all be proud of.”