Arrests over disorder at Darlington v Newcastle friendly

20 August 2011 09:49
POLICE have arrested four people suspected of being involved in disorder at Darlington's Northern Echo Arena during a pre-season friendly against Newcastle last month.[LNB] The four are believed to have been among supporters who invaded the pitch and brawled during the game on July 15.[LNB] A joint operation between Durham and Northumbria police forces was set up to try and identify those involved in the disorder.[LNB] Three men, two aged 20 and one aged 23, and a 17-year-old male youth were arrested at addresses in North Shields, Gateshead and South Shields last night and today.[LNB] They were arrested for offences including provocation of violence and going into the playing area and are currently being questioned by police.[LNB] Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: We will continue to come down hard on the small minority who ruin things for the real football fans who just want to enjoy the game.[LNB] These arrests should send out a clear message to anyone thinking of getting involved in violence or disorder at today's derby that they should stay at home.[LNB] Even if we don't arrest you on the day, you can rest assured that you will be on our radar and we will catch up with you.[LNB] Anyone intent on causing trouble faces arrest, prosecution and being banned from future matches.[LNB]

Source: Northern_Echo