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Police praise football fans

Dated: 01 Feb 2014

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Update: 02/02/14

Police are praising the majority of football fans after the Tyne-Wear derby.

The match saw a large policing presence across Newcastle and Sunderland as a capacity crowd attended St James’ Park for the derby game, on February 1.

Just ten people were arrested on Saturday and a further arrest was made on Sunday morning. 

Of those arrested on Saturday - two men have been released on police bail, one man has received a caution for a public order offence, one man received a cannabis warning, two men have received penalty notices and four men have been charged.

01/02/14

Police are praising the majority of football fans after today's Tyne-Wear derby.

The match saw a large policing presence across Newcastle and Sunderland as a capacity crowd attended St James’ Park for the derby game, on February 1.

Early on Saturday morning officers, working with British Transport Police, helped get more than 1,500 people on to special Metro and rail services in Sunderland.

Free supporter coaches, arranged by Sunderland AFC, transported around 800 away fans to the game.

There were some reports of a small number of smoke canisters and pyrotechnics being set prior to the match, outside of the ground, and police are making enquiries into these incidents.

After full time Newcastle fans left the stadium, there were some reports of pyrotechnics being thrown, but no injuries were reported. Sunderland fans remained in the stadium for around 15 minutes as part of a pre-arranged holdback.

Supporter coaches got back to the Stadium of Light safely and the rest were escorted to Newcastle Central Station from St James’ Park where they boarded trains and Metros back to Sunderland.

After all Sunderland supporters had left the city there was an isolated incident in the Bigg Market involving a small group of youths, which was swiftly dealt with by officers. It's not believed those involved had been at the match, or were connected to the match in any way.

Just ten arrests were made on the morning, during the match and immediately afterwards, with three of these pre-arranged and taking place this morning. The arrests were for mainly public order offences.

Operations Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: "The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and the Tyne-Wear derby was celebrated for the fantastic sporting event that it is.

"I'd like to praise supporters from both clubs - they worked well with officers on the ground, were extremely patient and good natured and treated the day in the best sprit. The holdback went very smoothly and supporters worked really well with police and stewards.

"At the current time, there have been just ten arrests, with three of those pre-planned and taking place early on Saturday morning. Out of a capacity crowd of more than 50,000 people this is extremely low.

"Public safety is always our number one priority during any football match and we worked closely with all of our partners throughout this event. The few people who chose to pose a threat to public safety were dealt with swiftly by police."

 

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