Police praise Newcastle fans for their 'impeccable behaviour' at home game

St James' Park. Pic: PA.
St James' Park. Pic: PA.

Northumbria Police have praised football fans in Newcastle for their impeccable behaviour at the home game last weekend.

Last week the force condemned anti-social behaviour involving groups of youths that had taken place following recent Newcastle united home games.

Youngsters, many of which were not even attending games, turned up outside St James' Park where they targeted away supporters as they left the ground.

This culminated with the youngsters throwing eggs at the away supporters' coaches when Norwich City travelled to Newcastle, on September 28.

Dispersal notices were in place for Saturday's match with Brentford so that neighbourhood officers could tackle any reports of anti-social behaviour.

Following the match, police are praising the behaviour of fans and are pleased with the way that supporters from both Newcastle United and Brentford FC mixed before, during and after the game.

Newcastle Neighbourhood Sergeant Kelly Hetherington said: "There has been a couple of games this season where a small number of youths have crossed the line and targeted away supporters following games at St James' Park.

"The vast majority of football fans behave impeccably when they travel to watch their team in Newcastle and they share out desire to eradicate this type of anti-social behaviour.

"On Saturday we had a dispersal notice in place to deal with any groups of youths who turned up to the stadium intent on causing disorder. Thankfully that never materialised and the match passed without incident.

"I think it's important that following what we saw a couple of weeks ago, we now take the opportunity to praise fans from both Newcastle united and Brentford FC who mixed well and enjoyed the passion associated with football in this region.

"We want to thank everyone for working with police and we look forward to a really positive season for the club and those travelling to St James' Park to support the team."

The dispersal notice ran from 11am to 11pm on the Saturday and covered the areas around St James' Park and Leazes Park. Officers also wore body worn video cameras looking to identify anyone responsible for causing anti-social behaviour in the area.

Throughout the season the Football Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to visit schools and colleges to educate young people about the consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour and disorder at sporting events.

If anyone has information about those who are causing this type of disorder then they should contact the Football NPT by calling police on 101.