Police to visit Sunderland pubs before Newcastle derby

Police are to visit every pub and club in Sunderland to try and prevent trouble at the Tyne-Wear derby.

In the run up to the game, officers will offer support to licensees to help keep order before and after the match at the Stadium of Light on 16 January.

After the last derby in October, 37 people were arrested, including seven for failing to comply with football banning orders.

Northumbria Police are hoping for fewer arrests after the next match.

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