Police charge 23 after Sunderland vs West Ham violence

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POLICE have charged 23 people following an investigation into a mass fight in Sunderland city centre before Sunderland’s home match with West Ham on January 12.

All those charged are also banned from this Sunday’s match, having to remain at their home address between 9am and 4pm.

The incident happened at around outside Revolution Bar at Low Row in Sunderland city centre, prior to the Sunderland v West Ham match.

All 23 are due to appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on May 20.

An extensive investigation has taken place and the following 23 people have this week been charged with violent disorder:

•Bradley Dixon, 18, of Patton Road, Plains Farm, Sunderland

•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

•Connor Mccoy, 20, of Perth Avenue in Jarrow, South Tyneside

•Simon Badham, 20, of Frobisher Street in Hebburn, South Tyneside

•Thomas Kelly, 18, of Eight Avenue, Chester-le-Street

•Shaun Baker, 28, of Gainsborough Square, Grindon, Sunderland

•Christopher Webb, 23, of Launceston Drive in Sunderland

•Daniel Patterson, 18, of Highbury Avenue, Springwell Village in Washington

•Paul Collins, 19, of Killingworth Drive in Sunderland

•Lewis Dodsworth, 18, or Bowburn Avenue, Wear View in Sunderland

•Kevin Bilton, 51, of Lambton Driver in Hetton-le-Hole

•Eight 16-year-old boys - three from Sunderland, two from Washington, two from Chester-le-Street and one from Spennymoor - and two 17-year-old boys - one from Sunderland and one from Chester-le-Street - have also been charged.