Police charge 24 people over Tyne-Wear football trouble

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POLICE have charged 24 people following disorder which took place after the Tyne-Wear derby.

The violence broke out on Sunday, April 14, in Newcastle city centre following the Premiership match between Newcastle and Sunderland.

Northumbria Police say an extensive investigation has taken place and the following 24 people have this week been charged with violent disorder:

Alan Graham, 21, of West Road, Benwell, Newcastle; Daniel Wood, 21, of May Close, Hebburn, South Tyneside; Tony Rooke, 18, of Heaton Park Road, Heaton, Newcastle; Jason Daw, 25, of Gainsborough Avenue, South Shields; Michael Barker, 24, Carnaby Close, Prudhoe, Northumberland; Gary Boyd, 20, of Clavering Road, Swalwell, Gateshead; Robert Brown, 29, of Vallum Court, Arthurs Hill, Newcastle; Thomas Simpson, 22, of Edgewell Road, Prudhoe, Northumberland; John Guthrie, 22, of Bristol Street, New Hartley, Blyth, Northumberland; Reece Gillon, 21, of Stanley Road, Prudhoe, Northumberland; Sam Miller, 19, of Blue Bell Way, Harton, South Shields; Barry Rogerson, 45, of Hartlands, Bedlington, Northumberland; Callum Graylish, 18, of Wilfred Street, Byker, Newcastle; James Hills, 18, Sidings Place, Lambton Lane, Durham; a 17-year-old from Wallsend; a 16-year-old from Wallsend; a 15-year-old from South Shields; a 14-year-old from Gateshead; a 15-year-old from Prudhoe; a 15-year-old from Newcastle; a 17-year-old from Gateshead; a three 16-year-olds from North Shields.

All those charged are due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court from Monday, September 9.

Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert, Newcastle Area Commander, said: "This has been an extensive investigation and it is still ongoing, with an excellent response received from the public to identify some of those people in the CCTV images.

"As a result of enquiries we are now in a position to charge people with violent disorder and they will appear in court in due course. In the meantime there are strict bail conditions in place.

"This sort of disorder which took place in April is unusual and as we've already said, it is not reflective of the behaviour of true football supporters.

"When any kind of violence takes place we will do everything possible to make sure those suspected of being involved are traced to ensure the safety of families and supporters attending the games."

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