Almost 50 people – including boy aged 12 – charged with causing disorder after Newcastle v Sunderland match

DERBY DAY VIOLENCE ... police face troublesome supporters after the Newcastle v Sunderland game in April.
DERBY DAY VIOLENCE ... police face troublesome supporters after the Newcastle v Sunderland game in April.

FANS as young as 12 have been charged after violence marred the last Tyne-Wear derby, it was revealed today.

Northumbria Police say 23 more people face charges after derby day disorder in Newcastle city centre on Sunday, April 14.

It brings the total number of people charged to almost 50.

The following people have this week been charged with violent disorder:

* Liam Rushton, 21, of Hazel Terrace, Shotton Colliery, Co. Durham

* Robert Taylor, 18, of Hull Street, Elswick, Newcastle

* Andrew McCraith, 21, of Milburn Road, Ashington

* Liam Gray, 18, of The Crescent, Felling, Gateshead

* James Hills 19, of Lambton Lane, Durham

* Byron Ford, 27, of Milburn Road, Ashington

* Four 17-year-olds from Gateshead

* A 17-year-old from Newcastle

* A 17-year-old from South Shields

* Two 16-year-olds from Newcastle

* A 16-year-old from Northumberland

* A 15-year-old from Gateshead

* A 15-year-old from Hebburn

* Two 15-year-olds from Newcastle

* Two 14-year-olds from Newcastle

* Two 12-year-olds from Newcastle

All those charged are due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court over the coming weeks. It brings the total number of people charged so far to 49.

They are subject to bail conditions preventing them from attending any Newcastle United matches.

As part of the investigation police released CCTV images of a number of people they needed to speak to in connection with the disorder, making more than 100 arrests in addition to the 29 made on the day.

It is still an active investigation, and a significant number of advice files are still being submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on further charges.

Detective Chief Inspector Ged Noble said: “We’ve been submitting files of evidence to the CPS, and are now in a position to charge more people with violent disorder, bringing the total number of people charged in connection with the disorder to almost 50.

“It should be noted that those who have been charged are subject to conditions preventing them from attending Newcastle United football matches.

“They are now going through the court process. There are further files to be submitted and we do anticipate there will be further charges.

“There is no place for any kind of disorder in our communities, and what happened in April is in no way reflective of true football supporters.

“When any kind of violence takes place we will do everything possible to make sure those suspected of being involved are traced to ensure the safety of genuine supporters attending the games.

“I’d like to reiterate our thanks to the public whose help has been, and continues to be, vital to the investigation.”