Newcastle football fans accused of attacking Norwich City coaches

Private coaches owned by Eastons Holidays in Norwich were attacked by Newcastle fans after Wednesday

Private coaches owned by Eastons Holidays in Norwich were attacked by Newcastle fans after Wednesday's away game - Credit: Archant

Newcastle football fans have been accused of attacking Norwich City coaches outside the St James' Park after the Canaries' last-ditch defeat.

'There were teenagers throwing eggs at our coaches and damaging the paintwork. Some of them even tried to force their way inside the coaches but luckily no one managed to get in,' Robert Easton of Eastons Holidays said.

In a statement for Northumbria Police, media and communications adviser Jack Evans said: 'Around 10pm on Wednesday, September 28, police received a report that a Norwich City supporters bus had been damaged outside St James' Park. Officers attended and a large group of youths fled the area.

'A Norwich City fan also reported to police that he had been assaulted by one of the youths during the incident.

'Inquiries are ongoing to identify those involved in the disorder and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1229 280916.'

The safety division at Newcastle United FC said they were aware of an incident at last night's game but couldn't comment further.

Mr Easton said his coaches bring private groups to away matches and an incident of this kind has only happened once before.

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'The Norwich fans wanted to get out as quickly as possible. One of our drivers called and reported it to us and to the Norfolk Police,' he said.

At away games for Norwich City, several Norfolk police officers are sent to the game as 'spotters' to assist local law enforcement. Mr Easton said his company he will be working with Norfolk Police to try and arrange for more officers to go to future games in Newcastle.

The game may have had higher stakes than usual, but Mr Easton is confident fans of Norwich City will keep attending away games.

'These are hardened Norwich supporters, they'll go anywhere. It'll take more than that to keep them away,' he said.

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