PHOTOS: Police keep close eye on Newcastle and Sunderland fans ahead of Tyne-Wear derby

The Northern Echo: Fans gather at St James' Fans gather at St James'

A HEAVY police prescence kept rival fans apart as they made their way to St James' Park for the Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle and Sunderland kicked off in the Premier League at 12.45pm.

The fixture has the potential for trouble and after violence broke out last season, police were taking no chances.  

Our reporter Gavin Havery is outside the ground and reported: "There is no sign of trouble. There's plenty of singing and rowdiness, but no violence, though there are stacks of police."

 

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12:10pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Rougue 'schoolkid mentality', 'striking and ***PUNCHING Police Horses. Have these 'alcohol fuell-eld saddos ******EVER (or begs the question...*****.WIL
L EVER****)......GROW-
UP. *****HOW OLD***************** Ban them from ANY Football Match for Life. Some, (not all) will be on free' Nanny State Workshy benefits'. STOP all their benefits, then JAIL them. Whilst in jail they can get of their idle 'butts' and 'MUCK-OUT' the HORSES> . Feel sorry for the ***majority of ***decent, hardworking law abidding fans.
Rougue 'schoolkid mentality', 'striking and ***PUNCHING Police Horses. Have these 'alcohol fuell-eld saddos ******EVER (or begs the question...*****.WIL L EVER****)......GROW- UP. *****HOW OLD***************** Ban them from ANY Football Match for Life. Some, (not all) will be on free' Nanny State Workshy benefits'. STOP all their benefits, then JAIL them. Whilst in jail they can get of their idle 'butts' and 'MUCK-OUT' the HORSES> . Feel sorry for the ***majority of ***decent, hardworking law abidding fans. cushybutterfield
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