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Police hail Tyne-Wear derby success

Fans at Tyne Wear derby
Image caption Police mounted a major operation in Newcastle

Police said an operation to prevent trouble at the first Tyne Wear derby for two years was a "great success".

Northumbria Police officers arrested 37 people, including seven for failure to comply with football banning orders.

About 700 officers, 30 mounted police and 30 police dog handlers were on duty to keep rival supporters apart at Sunday's game at St James' Park.

The match, attended by 50,000, saw a 5-1 victory for Newcastle, with captain Kevin Nolan scoring a hat-trick.

Violence has flared in the past and Northumbria Police had warned of "firm action" against troublemakers.

Free coaches were laid on to ferry Sunderland supporters to the game.

'Positive contribution'

Newcastle took a five-goal lead, with three from Nolan and two from Shola Ameobi, before Darren Bent added a late consolation goal for Sunderland.

Police said six of the arrests were made at the ground.

A further 22 were made on Sunday evening for disorder and criminal damage in Westgate Road and Grainger Street where about 200 supporters had gathered.

Ch Supt Graham Smith said arrests had been made for public order, criminal damage and streaking.

He said: "The vast majority of fans attended the game in a responsible manner and made a positive contribution to a high-profile footballing occasion.

"There was a relatively low number of arrests on the day, some of which were part of a pre-planned operation."

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