Derby day horse puncher sentenced


A Newcastle United fan who punched a police horse during the Sunderland Newcastle derby earlier this year has today been jailed for a year.

Barry Rogerson, 45, from Bedlington, Northumberland, had pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Newcastle Crown Court for an attack on a horse from West Yorkshire's mounted section.

Jim Hope, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East, said: "While we are satisfied with the sentence passed on Barry Rogerson today, it is important to remember that he is only one individual in a much larger group responsible for the derby day disorder. A significant number of those involved have also been made subject to football banning orders and, in many cases, custodial sentences.

"This type of behaviour brings into disrepute the good conduct displayed by the overwhelming majority of football supporters. Football related disorder is simply unacceptable and we will continue working closely with police to ensure a robust response for anyone found to be involved in it."