Sunderland striker Bendtner has criminal damage charges dropped

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A BLACK Cats player accused of damaging cars in a city centre has had the case against him dropped.

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner, 24, faced five charges of criminal damage, in relation to an incident in Stowell Street, in Newcastle, on December 6.

The prosecution offered no evidence against him and magistrates in Newcastle cleared him of the charges.

He was originally charged with teammate Lee Cattermole, whose case has been adjourned for two weeks.

Bendtner, a Danish international, is currently on loan at the club from Arsenal.

He did not appear in court for the hearing.