Sunderland fans damage Metro train and Sports Direct Arena

Police walk SAFC fans from Newcastle's Sports Direct stadium down to Newcastle station after the Sunderland V Newcastle Derby match which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Police walk SAFC fans from Newcastle's Sports Direct stadium down to Newcastle station after the Sunderland V Newcastle Derby match which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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POLICE have praised the behaviour of the majority of fans who went to yesterday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

However, some Sunderland supporters caused damage to the Sports Direct Arena and a Metro train – just weeks after similar problems on a train on the way to Middlesbrough.

Overall, there were 18 arrest during the day, including two on suspicion of assault, two for breaching banning orders, and one for going onto the playing area.

The others were for alcohol-related offences. Police said that the Metro train, put on specially for the game, had a window pushed out, two emergency cords were pulled and the roof damaged.

It caused a delay on the service for other passengers heading to the match.

Inside the stadium, four seats were damaged and toilets defaced.

The incident came after a build up which promised a big police presence on Tyneside, to prevent clashes between opposing fans and other antisocial behaviour.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated, and those responsible should be aware their actions could have serious consequences and potentially affect future ticket allocation.

“Public safety is always our number-one priority during any football match, and this means any individual or groups causing trouble will be dealt with.

“The crowd was mainly good natured and only interested in the action on the pitch and we’d like to thank them for their behaviour.

“Those who did cause trouble should be warned we will be carrying out extensive enquiries to identify them.

“The policing operation went well and I would like to commend the actions and professionalism of all the officers and stewards.”

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