Just two arrests as Sunderland take on Middlesbrough

Police reported just two arrests during today's Tees-Wear derby.

Riverside Stadium
Riverside Stadium

The arrests, by Cleveland Police, were made as Middlesbrough FC took on Sunderland AFC in front of a crowd of 29,277 at the Riverside Stadium.

The attendance included more than 2,500 Black Cats fans, who travelling to the game in a fleet of 40 coaches.

Despite the fixture’s reputation for trouble, police reported just two arrests.


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An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of missile throwing in connection with an offence reported last month.

And a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of racially/aggravated harassment and causing alarm/distress with words.

Both men are currently in custody.