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Cheick Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielders 75k car

Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielder’s 75k car

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

17:45 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 13 February 2013

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote will play in his side’s return to the Europa League on Thursday night despite his arrest on driving offences near the club training ground.

The Ivory Coast international, who returned from Africa Cup of Nations duties last week, was left by the side of the road by police officers after his 75,000 Chevy Camaro was taken away on a recovery truck as he was driving home from training.

The 60,000-a-week midfielder, who has had previous offences for driving without insurance and had a BMW seized by cops two years ago, could face penalty points or a ban for his latest brush with the law.

Give us a lift: Tiote with Toon team-mate Jonad Gutierrez

Feeling the cold: Papiss Cisse and Cheik Tiote in training on Wednesday

It's me that needs the lift: Cheick Tiote, with Jonas Gutierrez (left) and Papiss Cisse (right), trained on Wednesday, the day after he was arrested and his car was seized by Northumbria Police

Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle

Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle

Tiote was stopped by Northumbria Police officers near Newcastle's Benton ground after training on Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested on suspicion of fraud
relating to alleged driving offences. The black and white Chevy Camaro
was taken away on the back of a recovery lorry while Tiote watched.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said:
'At around 1.30pm on Tuesday, a car was stopped on Benton Park Road,
Newcastle, and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud in
relation to driving offences.’

In May 2011 Tiote’s BMWx6 was taken away from outside his home in Northumberland by police over non-payment of car insurance.

Newcastle are playing Metalist
Kharkiv in their last-32 Europa League tie at St James’s Park tomorrow
night and Tiote, who missed the weekend defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, is
expected to start as manager Alan Pardew looks to play his strongest
team against the Ukrainian outfit.

Police investigate Manchester City flare incidents at St James" Park

Police investigate flare incidents after Man City fans turn St James' blue with smoke

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 17 December 2012

Police are working to identify the Manchester City fans who set off flares inside Newcastle's St James' Park at the weekend.

One of the flares was thrown from the section containing travelling spectators into another housing home fans below during Saturday's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory for the champions on Tyneside.

A Northumbria Police statement said: 'A flare was thrown from the section containing Manchester City fans into a section of Newcastle United fans, no one was injured and it was quickly extinguished.

Flare player: Blue smoke engulfs sections of St James' Park on Saturday

Flare player: Blue smoke engulfs sections of St James' Park on Saturday

'A second flare was set off in the section containing Manchester City fans.

'Officers at the scene carried out extensive enquiries, including checking CCTV and speaking with available witnesses. However, the person or people responsible are yet to be identified.

'We take incidents such as this extremely seriously and enquiries are still ongoing. Officers continue to work with colleagues at Greater Manchester Police.'

Three and easy: Man City ran out comfortable winners on Saturday

Three and easy: Man City ran out comfortable winners on Saturday

The investigation is one of two launched by the Northumbria force following the game.

They also received a complaint involving an allegation of racist abuse after City substitute Aleksandar Kolarov become involved in a lengthy exchange with fans holding an Albania flag as he warmed up on the sidelines.

Sunderland monkey gesture fan: I was doing a chicken dance not being racist towards West Brom"s Romelu Lukaku

'I was doing a chicken dance!' Sunderland fan accused of monkey gesture protests his innocence

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Sunderland fan accused of making a racist monkey gesture at West Brom's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed he was ‘doing a chicken dance.’

Liam Jones, 21, was arrested after pictures appeared to show him directing the gesture at the Belgium striker after he scored at the Stadium of Light last Saturday.

Mr Jones, of Hendon, Sunderland, insists that – although he can understand concerns about photo – he was actually doing an impression of a chicken, not a monkey.

I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right)

I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right)

Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday

Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday

Northumbria Police received a complaint after a supporter in the North Stand was spotted carrying out the alleged abuse when Lukaku scored his team’s third goal in a 4-2 win for West Brom.

Unemployed Mr Jones said: 'People have got it all wrong. I wasn’t doing a monkey chant. I was doing a chicken dance.

'I’m devastated people think I’m racist. I have black friends and black cousins.

'If I was racist, I wouldn’t pay to watch Sunderland because they have black players.'

Mr Jones confirmed that he has been released on police bail until January after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, who allegedly made a racist monkey gesture to West Brom's young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku after his goal against Sunderland AFC on Saturday

Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, who allegedly made a racist monkey gesture to West Brom's young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku after his goal against Sunderland AFC on Saturday

Allegations: Liam Jones, who has been banned from the Stadium of Light, pictured in Sunderland this week

Sunderland AFC have banned him from matches until the outcome of any court case.

Mr Jones added: 'I’m absolutely gutted I can’t go to matches. I’ve been going for years. I can see where the club is coming from and I can see how the photo looks, but I want everyone to know that I am not racist.'

A spokesman for SAFC said: 'Sunderland AFC cannot comment whilst a police investigation is being conducted, the person involved, in line with our club policy, is banned from the Stadium of Light until the result of the investigation is known.'

Jones, an amateur martial arts fighter, acts as a corner man for his brother.

Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has been released on police bail until January after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Sunderland fan accused of racist monkey gesture against Romelu Lukaku is arrested

Police arrest Sunderland fan who allegedly aimed racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 28 November 2012

Police have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another.

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

After scoring his side’s third goal,
in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman
Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan
appearing to make a monkey gesture at him.

It caused an immediate outcry, with
Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and
Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the
authorities’ investigation.
Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are
waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting.

They stressed after the incident,
however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any
instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a
ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

It is the latest unsavoury episode to
blight English football and came on the same weekend as West Ham
followers were accused of taunting Tottenham fans with anti-Semitic
chants at White Hart Lane.

As Sunderland chiefs consider their
next step, they were urged to take stringent action by Ged Grebby, of
Show Racism the Red Card, who said: ‘This sort of gesture at football
matches was something we never thought we would see again.

'When people do these sort of things,
you have to take action against them. If anyone is found guilty, we will
be asking the club to ban them. It could be a three-year ban.’

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Alan Pardew praises travelling fans

Pardew praises travelling fans as 'excellent ambassadors' for Newcastle after Bruges clash

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UPDATED:

01:35 GMT, 10 November 2012

Newcastle United Alan Pardew has paid tribute to the club’s travelling supporters who have returned from Belgium.

More than 5,000 fans made the trip to Bruges for their second Europa League group clash, even though only half had tickets for the 2-2 in the Jan Breydel Stadium.

The rest watched the games in bars and a big screen in the main city centre square.

Praise: Alan Pardew lauded Newcastle fans for making the trip to Belgium to watch the Europa League tie against Bruges

Praise: Alan Pardew lauded Newcastle fans for making the trip to Belgium to watch the Europa League tie against Bruges

Pardew said 'Our fans respected the people and city of Bruges and helped contribute to a great atmosphere in and around the city as well as inside the stadium and we thank them for that.

'The support our club receives day in, day out, wherever we play, is absolutely magnificent and gives the players a massive lift.

'That cannot be underestimated and without doubt they are a huge credit to the club and to the city of Newcastle.’

A club statement said the vast majority of supporters who travelled to Bruges were 'extremely well behaved, acting as excellent ambassadors for the club and contributing to a great day in Bruges before, during and after the game’.

All square: The game ended 2-2

All square: The game ended 2-2

Newcastle and Northumbria Police had tried to secure extra tickets for supporters but only received 2,300 from FC Bruges, who had given twice that number to Birmingham City last season.

A Newcastle spokesman conceded that supporters who weren't able to gain access to the stadium were 'understandably frustrated to see so many empty seats on the televised coverage, and yet remained in good spirits in the city centre.'

The statement added: 'It was disappointing that supporters who had a ticket for the game had to endure a longer than expected escorted walk to the stadium but despite that, their behaviour throughout was admirable.'

One Newcastle supporter was stabbed in an attack in Brussels and Belgian Police said just two fans were arrested for drunkenness.

How many 5,000 loyal supporters made the journey in midweek, despite many of them not having tickets

How many 5,000 loyal supporters made the journey in midweek, despite many of them not having tickets

Demba Ba will wear Kick It Out T-shirt

Ba won't boycott Kick It Out after deciding to wear T-shirt before West Brom clash

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 22 October 2012

Newcastle striker Demba Ba will wear the Kick It Out T-shirt before his team's home game this weekend.

Ba is the latest Premier League star to be subjected to alleged racist abuse and Northumbria Police confirmed on Monday they are still investigating claims that the Senegal international was targeted during Sunday's North East derby at Sunderland.

But following the refusal of several high profile players to wear a T-shirt in support of football's anti-racism movement at the weekend, and despite his own reservations about the campaign, Ba has decided he will show his support when the Newcastle squad are asked to wear the T-shirts before their game at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Support: Demba Ba (right) will wear the Kick It Out T-shirt

Support: Demba Ba (right) will wear the Kick It Out T-shirt

Ba told Sportsmail: 'I have read a lot of things about the campaign, for example about Rio Ferdinand not wearing the T-shirt. I do not know if he is right not to wear it but that is his choice.

'I am unaware of the campaign because it is going to give a signal that you see it and read it and probably people will think the players act like this, and we have to do our bit.

'Something is right about the campaign but a T-Shirt won't change a lot of things unfortunately.

'I will wear it because it is just kick racism out of football and it is a good message but I don't truly think that is going to change something.

'It is difficult to know the solution. You have to go to the source and when I say the source I mean the grown men who do it and it is going to be difficult to change them and their mentality.

'What you can change is the little boys going to school. We have to change the next generation and maybe the campaign helps to get that message out there.'

Oops: Ba's own goal gifted Sunderland a draw against Newcastle on Sunday

Oops: Ba's own goal gifted Sunderland a draw against Newcastle on Sunday

Police are investigating claims that Ba was racially abused during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light in which he scored an unfortunate late own goal. It follows a complaint made by a member of the public watching the game on television.

The incident came during a volatile game in which both sets of supporters subjected rival players to vile and disgusting chants. Claims that Sunderland supporters threw golf balls at players were dismissed after it was discovered the objects were rolled up pieces of paper.

Ba added: 'I did not heard it (the abuse) but I was made aware of it after the match.

'People are stupid. You can't ask the whole of the population to be intelligent. You need everything to make a world and you need some stupid people but because of them we are going forward.'

Student dodges jail over racist tweets to Stan Collymore

Student dodges jail over volley of racist abuse fired at pundit Collymore on Twitter

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UPDATED:

13:41 GMT, 21 March 2012

A law student who sent Stan Collymore a series of racist tweets has been spared jail.

Joshua Cryer, 21, admitted using the social networking site to bombard the football pundit with abuse in an attempt to 'snare a celebrity', a district judge at Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard.

Cryer told police he hoped to gain a reaction from Collymore, who is a broadcaster for talkSport, campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the Depression Alliance charity.

Walking free: Joshua Cryer, 21, leaves Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday

Walking free: Joshua Cryer, 21, leaves Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday

The Newcastle University student, who lives in the Jesmond area of the city, claimed his account had been hacked. He later admitted a charge under section 127 of the Communications Act of sending grossly offensive messages.

District Judge Stephen Earl ordered that he complete a two-year community order with 240 hours unpaid work, and pay 150 costs to the court.

Targeted: talkSPORT pundit Stan Collymore was the victim of the abuse

Targeted: talkSPORT pundit Stan Collymore was the victim of the abuse

Cryer, from Burnley, Lancashire, was arrested in January after Collymore, a former England striker, reported online abuse to Staffordshire Police and they passed the matter to their Northumbria Police counterparts.

Collymore, 41, originally from Cannock, Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs, including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Following the sentence, Collymore posted on his Twitter account: 'Would like to thank Northumbria & Staffordshire Police for their professionalism in dealing with this case.'

Stan Collymore Twitter: Joshua Cryer denies racism charge

Law student denies charge of alleged racial abuse on Twitter to Collymore

A law student denied today that he racially abused former England striker Stan Collymore on Twitter.

Joshua Cryer, 21, of Newcastle upon Tyne, faced a public order charge following a complaint from the football pundit.

Cryer, a student at Newcastle University, appeared before city magistrates to deny sending messages that were 'grossly offensive'.

Making a stand: Collymore reported Cryer over alleged abusive Twitter messages

Making a stand: Collymore reported Cryer over alleged abusive Twitter messages

He gave his address to the court as Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, Lancashire.

The case will be heard on April 2 and
is expected to last two hours. The defence called for one specific
witness, unnamed in court, to attend on that day.

Cryer was arrested last month after
Collymore reported the alleged online abuse to Staffordshire Police and
they passed the matter to their Northumbria Police counterparts.

Collymore, 40, originally from
Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs, including Liverpool,
Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

He works as a broadcaster for
talkSPORT and Channel 5, campaigns against racism and is a supporter of
the Depression Alliance charity.

Newcastle striker Sammy Ameobi backs police warning to Twitter pair for racist abuse

Newcastle striker Ameobi backs police warning to Twitter pair for racist abuse

Victim: Sammy Ameobi

Victim: Sammy Ameobi

Two teenage friends who racially
abused Newcastle striker Sammy Ameobi on Twitter have been
given final warnings by police, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

The 17-year-olds were arrested in
November after the up-and-coming 19-year-old forward was called a
“n****r” on the social networking site.

It was understood one youth made the
initial comment and his friend followed it up with a supportive tweet
which also had a racial element.

The decision not to prosecute the
pair was taken after consultation with Ameobi – the younger brother of
fellow Newcastle striker Shola – and the football club.

Both youths have admitted their involvement and accepted final warnings at a Northumbria Police youth surgery on Monday.

They were spoken to by a senior police officer and were warned of the consequences if they reoffend.

Wendy Williams, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS North East, said: 'The CPS understands the serious nature of racist crime and the real and lasting effects it can have, not just on individuals and their families, but also upon communities and society as a whole.

'Our policy is to prosecute racist and religious crime fairly, firmly and robustly. In deciding what constitutes “fairness” for such cases, the views of the victim themselves are incredibly important.'

She said a final warning was appropriate given the previous good character of the two youths involved.

Superintendent Gillian Mitchell said: 'Northumbria Police will not tolerate racist behaviour of any kind and takes all reports of such incidents very seriously.

'Such criminal activity is totally unacceptable and, as this incident demonstrates, we will seek to arrest anyone who carries out such crimes – however they are committed – and bring them to justice.'

A spokesman for the club said: 'Newcastle United are pleased to note the action taken against the two youths who directed racist remarks towards Sammy Ameobi on the social networking site Twitter.

'The club takes such matters extremely seriously.'

Stan Collymore Twitter race abuse case adjourned

Collymore Twitter race abuse case adjourned until February

Twitter tirade: A man has been charged with racially abusing Collymore

Twitter tirade: A man has been charged with racially abusing Collymore

The case against a student charged with racially abusing Stan Collymore on Twitter was adjourned on Monday.

Joshua Cryer, 21, of Jesmond, Newcastle, faces two public order offences following a complaint from the football pundit.

Cryer was excused attendance at Newcastle Magistrates' Court and the case was adjourned until February 14.

He was arrested after the former England striker reported the alleged abuse to Staffordshire Police and they passed the matter to their Northumbria Police counterparts.

Collymore, 40, originally from Cannock, Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs, including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

He works as a broadcaster for talkSport, campaigns against racism and is a supporter of charity the Depression Alliance. end.