Accused in court after Sunderland vs West Ham violence

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SEVENTEEN people have appeared in court following a mass brawl in Sunderland city centre between rival football fans.

It happened before SAFC’s home match with West Ham United.

The six youths and 11 men, aged between 16 and 51, were brought before city magistrates.

Prosecutor Paul Clark told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that the defendants are alleged to have taken part in a fracas outside Revolution bar, in Low Row, on January 12.

All 17 withheld their pleas to a joint charge of violent disorder.

They were granted conditional bail, with orders to reside at their home addresses, and not to go within two miles of any football stadium where a Premiership or international match is due to take place, four hours before and four hours after kick-off.

The adult defendants will go before city magistrates again in July, when their cases will be committed to Newcastle Crown Court. They are Thomas Kelly, 18, of Eight Avenue, Chester-le-Street; Connor McCoy, 20, of Perth Avenue in Jarrow, South Tyneside; Lewis Dodsworth, 18, of Bowburn Avenue, Wear View in Sunderland; Kevin Bilton, 51, of Lambton Drive, Hetton; Daniel Patterson, 18, of Highbury Avenue, Springwell Village in Washington; Shaun Baker, 28, of Gainsborough Square, Grindon, Sunderland; Christopher Webb, 23, of Launceston Drive in East Herrington; Bradley Dixon, 18, of Patton Road, Plains Farm, Sunderland; and Simon Badham, 20, of Frobisher Street in Hebburn, South Tyneside.

Also, Gabriel Sheil, 26, of Windwill Way, Gateshead; Anthony Smith, 26, of Purvis Terrace in Trimdon Station, County Durham; Sean Herron, 18, of Hogarth Drive in Columbia, Washington; and Paul Collins, 19, of Killingworth Drive, in High Barnes, Sunderland. Five boys aged between 16 and 17 - three from Sunderland, one from Chester-le-Street and one from Washington - had their cases adjourned until a hearing before Sunderland Youth Court on June 20.

A 16-year-old, from Washington, did not appear. His case was adjourned until the same date.

Another 16-year-old was set to appear before magistrates yesterday afternoon.

Three other youths, aged 16, will appear before magistrates today

Two 16-year-olds, one from County Durham, who also did not attend court, had their cases put off until July.

Ten West Ham supporters have also been charged with violent disorder.

They are aged between 18 and 28 and from St Albans, Peterborough, Romford, Hornchurch, Basildon, Harefield, Bury St Edmunds and Chelmsford.

They are due to appear before Sunderland magistrates on May 30.