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Smoke canisters seized and seven men arrested ahead of Wear-Tyne derby
9:39am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
POLICE have arrested seven men and seized a number of smoke canisters ahead of today's derby match between Sunderland and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.
Search warrants were executed at properties in Shieldfield, Lemington, Birtley, Sunderland and Peterlee at about 5am this morning.
Northumbria Police said seven men were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit violent disorder and breaching football banning order conditions.
The seven - aged 18, 19, 20, 26, 51, 57 and 57 - are currently in custody and enquiries are ongoing.
During the searches officers seized a number of smoke canisters.
Chief Supt Steve Neill said: "As part of the planning for today's derby game we executed a number of warrants based on intelligence that we had received. Seven people have been arrested and are currently in custody.
"We want today's match to be as safe and enjoyable for supporters as possible and we will continue to take action when and where appropriate to ensure that this is the case."
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