Man charged with punching a horse in Newcastle vs Sunderland derby day violence

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A MAN has been charged after a police horse was allegedly punched in Newcastle on derby day.

Barry Rogerson, 45, of Hartlands, Bedlington, Northumberland, has been charged with violent disorder after trouble flared up at the Tyne-Wear derby on April 14 in Newcastle city centre.

Violence erupted after Sunderland defeated Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park. The clash cemented fans behind new manager Paolo Di Canio, whose passionate antics and knee slides profits a hit with supporters.

Rogerson, an ex-planning controller, was charged after answering police bail. He is due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Monday September 9 at 10am.

The police horse, named Bud, was said to have made a recovery after derby day and was back on duty in Newcastle to help police a march by right-wing extremists.

He has since become a celebrity, with Sunderland fans sending him “Paolo Mints” to his stables in West Yorkshire.