Tyne & Wear

Police arrest known 'hooligans' during World Cup period

Seventeen people in the North East have been arrested for breaching the conditions of a football banning order during the World Cup.

They all failed to sign in at their local police station before the kick off of an England game.

Northumbria Police is monitoring 163 people who are subject to these conditions.

The arrests, all made since 1 June, are part of an ongoing police operation.

It aims to prevent trouble makers travelling to the World Cup in South Africa.

'Deter and detect'

Those subject to a football banning order also had to surrender their passport preventing them from travelling to the tournament.

Northumbria Police said of the 17 arrests, 14 had been charged and two had been bailed pending further inquiries. One was released without further action.

Specialist football officers have been based at Newcastle International Airport since the beginning of the tournament.

Northumbria Police said officers were patrolling the airport to "deter, detect and apprehend" anyone intending to attend the event to get involved in violence or disorder.

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