Video: Police horse punched on nose as Newcastle and Sunderland fans clash after Tyne-Wear derby

 

The horse in question is back in work today, unharmed

A police horse who appeared to fall victim to an angry football fan yesterday is safe and well in his paddock today, police say.

In footage posted online last night, the unnamed man is seen punching Bud the horse in the neck. He was then wrestled to the ground by officers.

After their team lost 3-0 to local rivals Sunderland, Newcastle's fans ran riot in their own city centre.

There were 29 arrests in total - the other 28 people have been released on bail. 

Three police officers were also injured during clashes.

Today the West Yorkshire Police Horses Twitter account tweeted a picture of Bud the horse, saying he was not injured during the scuffle and is now back home in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police Horses said: "Bud is safe in his stable and appears fine.

"All our horses are fit and well, resting and relaxed."

It showed photos of Bud in his paddock this morning and thanked people for their concern, many of whom had asked how he was via the microblogging site.

Yesterday Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police, said: "The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne-Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.

"Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city centre, including an incident at Central Station.

"Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated. Inquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved."

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