Riot police disperse disgruntled Newcastle fans after derby loss

SMOKE grenades and pyrotechnics were set off in Newcastle city centre after the home team lost to Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby this afternoon.

Riot police wearing protective clothing and mounted officers helped disperse crowds demonstrating outside St James’ Park after the 3-0 loss to the visiting Wearsiders.

A smoke grenade had been launched at officers moments earlier, and during the clearance, loud explosions could be heard amid the black and white clad crowd.

Rival fans were kept apart by the heavy police presence around the ground and officers escorted jubilant Black Cats supporters to the waiting coaches and trains at Central Station.

One car held up in traffic by the police road block was surrounded by fans and rocked for a short time, but officers kept their position and those responsible quickly left the scene without further incident.

Hundreds of young people, many not thought to have been at the game, were involved in chanting in opposition to the club’s owner Mike Ashley.

As the red and white colours of Sunderland was spotted, their supporters more upbeat, Newcastle fans turned their anger on them and made their way past the City Walls with a view to confronting the opposition, only to be denied by more lines of officers, who stood batons drawn.

After all Sunderland supporters had left the city there was what police describe as an ‘isolated incident’ in the Bigg Market involving a group of youths throwing bottles, which was ‘swiftly dealt with by officers’.

It is not believed those involved had been at the match.

Northumbria Police has made ten arrests in total; three as part of a planned operation before the match.

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.

"Public safety is always our number one priority during any football match. The few people who chose to pose a threat to public safety were dealt with swiftly by police."

Before the game, there was a far more carnival atmosphere and during the build up earlier this week Newcastle and Sunderland supporters’ organisations had urged fans to make the match "a derby to be proud of".

Neither side wanted a repeat of the disorder outside the ground after the fixture last April, which led to over 100 arrests.

Newcastle fan Barry Rogerson, 45, from Bedlington, Northumberland, was jailed for 12 months for punching a police horse during disorder in the aftermath of last April's game, where the result was also 3-0 to Sunderland.

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6:39pm Sat 1 Feb 14

NOTODDEN says...

Shameful scenes. Mounted police on the streets again in one of our cities. I wonder if the Chief Constable of Cleveland still thinks disbanding and retiring their mounted police was a good idea
Shameful scenes. Mounted police on the streets again in one of our cities. I wonder if the Chief Constable of Cleveland still thinks disbanding and retiring their mounted police was a good idea NOTODDEN
  • Score: 5

7:27pm Sat 1 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

A small criminal boring cowardly minority who can 'always ****Give it........ but can never '****Take It. Just maladjusted 'Criminal Anti-Social' Disorder .......'divvi-scumba
gs, 'drink and drug fuelled' (arn't they always ?), ***mainly from (not all of course), the same 'old Sink Newcastle Council Estates'. Just a complete disgrace to ***** ***Geordie-Land*** and shames the name of Newcastle Football. *****JAIL is the best place for them, it gets them off the streets and off the back of decent lawabidding 'proper-Geordies'...
..............a buden on the Newcastle working Taxpayer.
A small criminal boring cowardly minority who can 'always ****Give it........ but can never '****Take It. Just maladjusted 'Criminal Anti-Social' Disorder .......'divvi-scumba gs, 'drink and drug fuelled' (arn't they always ?), ***mainly from (not all of course), the same 'old Sink Newcastle Council Estates'. Just a complete disgrace to ***** ***Geordie-Land*** and shames the name of Newcastle Football. *****JAIL is the best place for them, it gets them off the streets and off the back of decent lawabidding 'proper-Geordies'... ..............a buden on the Newcastle working Taxpayer. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -1

8:11pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

Who pays for all this Policing? The taxpayer or the Football clubs.
Who pays for all this Policing? The taxpayer or the Football clubs. Jackaranda
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Sat 1 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Mindless?
Mindless? oliviaden6
  • Score: 7

8:59pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Taxpaying Homeowner says...

Newcastle fans like to think of themselves as the best fans in the country.

Then things like this happen and people see them for what they truly are. The minority give this region a bad name, smashing up the town, scaring members of the public and tourists, punching animals and threatening to harm the children of the owner.

Passionate people, indeed!! It's about time the club took a hard law with some of these thugs and stripped them of their tickets for life...
Newcastle fans like to think of themselves as the best fans in the country. Then things like this happen and people see them for what they truly are. The minority give this region a bad name, smashing up the town, scaring members of the public and tourists, punching animals and threatening to harm the children of the owner. Passionate people, indeed!! It's about time the club took a hard law with some of these thugs and stripped them of their tickets for life... Taxpaying Homeowner
  • Score: 6

8:56am Sun 2 Feb 14

greenfinger says...

Jackaranda wrote:
Who pays for all this Policing? The taxpayer or the Football clubs.
the football clubs are billed for the policing, how much they pay depends on the category of the game. yesterday's will have been category A
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: Who pays for all this Policing? The taxpayer or the Football clubs.[/p][/quote]the football clubs are billed for the policing, how much they pay depends on the category of the game. yesterday's will have been category A greenfinger
  • Score: 8

11:37am Sun 2 Feb 14

youcantdenythetruth says...

Unfortunately football has not completely rid itself of these cavemen. It's the minority these days, but they besmirch the name of all the decent people/families that attend games. Shame on them, they're nothing but thugs and ignorant fools who should be banned from the game for life.
Unfortunately football has not completely rid itself of these cavemen. It's the minority these days, but they besmirch the name of all the decent people/families that attend games. Shame on them, they're nothing but thugs and ignorant fools who should be banned from the game for life. youcantdenythetruth
  • Score: 5

4:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

st-george1 says...

Yes folks, it’s the LOCAL football match-day mayhem culture once again bringing terrorist style chaos to both inside and outside of the stadiums of fear in the North East and particularly those in Newcastle upon Tyne.
So much for this so-called beautiful game where England still has the world’s worst drunken hooligan visitors and needs someone in authority like Labour’s PCC Vera Baird and her friend MP Ian Lavery, to get a grip and force ground closures as they do pub closures before so much more anti-social behaviour becomes the norm on our streets …1000 police on show that costs £millions just to keep the match on BUT no plan to force games to be played behind closed doors needs government investigation !
Yes folks, it’s the LOCAL football match-day mayhem culture once again bringing terrorist style chaos to both inside and outside of the stadiums of fear in the North East and particularly those in Newcastle upon Tyne. So much for this so-called beautiful game where England still has the world’s worst drunken hooligan visitors and needs someone in authority like Labour’s PCC Vera Baird and her friend MP Ian Lavery, to get a grip and force ground closures as they do pub closures before so much more anti-social behaviour becomes the norm on our streets …1000 police on show that costs £millions just to keep the match on BUT no plan to force games to be played behind closed doors needs government investigation ! st-george1
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

glyn says...

A smoke grenade had been launched (unquote.)

Hundreds of young people, many not thought to have been at the game, were involved in chanting(un quote)there was what police describe as an ‘isolated incident’ in the Bigg Market involving a group of youths throwing bottles, which was ‘swiftly dealt with by officers’.

It is not believed those involved had been at the match. (unquote)
Northumbria Police has made ten arrests in total; three as part of a planned operation before the match.

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. (unquote)


"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. (unquote)


What's all the fuss about???? 10 arrests ??? Only 7 at the game out of all those people. Pretty good. More than that will be arrested down town tonight
A smoke grenade had been launched (unquote.) Hundreds of young people, many not thought to have been at the game, were involved in chanting(un quote)there was what police describe as an ‘isolated incident’ in the Bigg Market involving a group of youths throwing bottles, which was ‘swiftly dealt with by officers’. It is not believed those involved had been at the match. (unquote) Northumbria Police has made ten arrests in total; three as part of a planned operation before the match. 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. (unquote) "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. (unquote) What's all the fuss about???? 10 arrests ??? Only 7 at the game out of all those people. Pretty good. More than that will be arrested down town tonight glyn
  • Score: -4

11:19pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

greenfinger wrote:
Jackaranda wrote:
Who pays for all this Policing? The taxpayer or the Football clubs.
the football clubs are billed for the policing, how much they pay depends on the category of the game. yesterday's will have been category A
Thanks greenfinger.
[quote][p][bold]greenfinger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: Who pays for all this Policing? The taxpayer or the Football clubs.[/p][/quote]the football clubs are billed for the policing, how much they pay depends on the category of the game. yesterday's will have been category A[/p][/quote]Thanks greenfinger. Jackaranda
  • Score: 0

11:30am Sat 8 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Look at reality, ........Newcastle United should be renamed 'France United', hardly a north east player to be seen. This is nNOT a racist remark, just highlighted that now nearly every player is bought and imported from abroad. As regards the 'drink and drug fuelled 'divvi', maladjusted hooligans with an ....... 'IQ no greater than a pea'.
Most (***not all of course) nearly always, the **SAME old minority, the ***SAME faces from the **SAME Newcastle and Tyneside 'sink'.....'dole orientated *free state **benefit and/or welfare receiving Council Estates'. Not fit to be' called Geordies', an utter shockng disgrace to Geordie-Land and a burden and drain on the working British Taxpayer.
Look at reality, ........Newcastle United should be renamed 'France United', hardly a north east player to be seen. This is nNOT a racist remark, just highlighted that now nearly every player is bought and imported from abroad. As regards the 'drink and drug fuelled 'divvi', maladjusted hooligans with an ....... 'IQ no greater than a pea'. Most (***not all of course) nearly always, the **SAME old minority, the ***SAME faces from the **SAME Newcastle and Tyneside 'sink'.....'dole orientated *free state **benefit and/or welfare receiving Council Estates'. Not fit to be' called Geordies', an utter shockng disgrace to Geordie-Land and a burden and drain on the working British Taxpayer. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -1

5:31pm Sat 8 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

Alcohol, degenerates and football - a toxic combination.

Rubber bullets, teargas, big vicious police dogs and water cannon are the way forward.

Violence is the only language these idiots understand. Let's talk their language.
Alcohol, degenerates and football - a toxic combination. Rubber bullets, teargas, big vicious police dogs and water cannon are the way forward. Violence is the only language these idiots understand. Let's talk their language. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
  • Score: 0

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