A mn has been charged with a public order offence after the police received reports that Sheffield Wednesday fans were mocking the death of a young Sunderland mascot.

Bradley Lowery was a huge Sunderland fan and he captured the nations heart as he battled with cancer.

In the months before he died he led England out at Wembley as mascot with former Black Cats striker Jermaine Defoe.

Pictures which were circulating on social media showed two men laughing as they held up a picture of Bradley during Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland at Hillsborough on Friday (September 29).

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A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "A man has been charged after we received reports that two men had displayed an image of six-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery who tragically lost his life to cancer.

"The reports came after the Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland match held at Hillsborough on Friday evening.

"Dale Houghton, 31, from Rotherham, was arrested yesterday (Saturday 30 September) and has now been charged with a Section 4a Public Order offence.

"Houghton has been remanded in custody and will appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Monday 2 October). We have also applied for a football banning order.

"A 27-year-old man, also arrested yesterday, has been released on police bail while further enquiries are conducted."