Extra officers to be deployed amid Sunderland and Newcastle fans’ travel clash

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Extra British Transport Police officers are set to be on duty when Sunderland and Newcastle United fans are involved in a travel clash this summer.

Sunderland are due to travel to Doncaster Rovers in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday, July 29, with Newcastle at York City on the same night.

The British Transport Police are making plans in an attempt to ensure the day passes without incident.

British Transport Police football intelligence officer Wayne Mitchell said: “We are aware of the two fixtures scheduled for July 29, and are in the early stages of planning for both matches.

“We will be allocating extra officers, and the public can expect to see BTP officers at stations and onboard trains, ensuring everyone travels safely to and from the games.

“Trains are expected to be busy before and after both matches and we would urge fans to consider other passengers at all times.”

Incidents can be reported to the British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40, or discreetly via text on 61016.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of both fixtures, and will be liasing with our colleagues at British Transport Police and in Yorkshire, as well as with both clubs and their respective fans’ groups.”