Toon fans go on rampage after derby defeat

POLICE CORDON ... a strong police presence is visible on the streets of Newcastle, with supporters allegedly seen throwing firecrackers and glass bottles, and setting fire to wheelie bins following Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to rivals Sunderland.
POLICE CORDON ... a strong police presence is visible on the streets of Newcastle, with supporters allegedly seen throwing firecrackers and glass bottles, and setting fire to wheelie bins following Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to rivals Sunderland.
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RIOTING football fans clashed with police yesterday after yesterday’s Tyne and Wear derby match in Newcastle.

Rocks and smoke bombs were thrown as police tried to clear streets around St James’s Park after Sunderland beat Newcastle United 3-0 at St James’s Park.

The trouble flared about 30 minutes after the match as police led Sunderland fans away from the ground.

It spread from immediately outside the ground to Westgate Road.

At one stage, Newcastle Central Station Metro station was closed.

Northumbria Police said officers had responded to “pockets of disorder” after the match.

“CCTV and evidence is being gathered and action will be taken against anyone involved in these sporadic incidents,” a spokesman said.

Sunderland’s win was their first on Tyneside in almost 13 years.

Police said Sunderland fans travelling on official coaches had safely returned to Wearside.