Police Raid Homes And Arrest Sunderland & Newcastle Fans On Morning Of Match
‘Northumbria Police have just revealed that they have raided a number of homes of supporters in advance of today”s derby match.
The police have arrested seven men in total and while they haven’t said which side of the divide those arrested are from, with the spread of addresses raided including Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and Durham it would appear obvious that they are from both sides.
While I have no doubt the raids are to try and prevent trouble, there is no doubt that the police will be wanting to be seen as proactive when it comes to trying to make sure there is no repeat of the kind of disorder after the match in April.
The police statement reads;
Northumbria Police has arrested seven men ahead of today’s derby match.
Around 5am this morning officers executed search warrants in the Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham areas and arrested seven men 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 ongoing.
During the searches officers seized a number of smoke canisters.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said;
“As part of the planning for today’s derby game we executed a number of warrants based on intelligence received. Seven people have been arrested and are 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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