Danish football star Nicklas Bendtner, accused of vandalising parked cars, has had the case against him withdrawn.
Bendtner, on loan with Sunderland from Arsenal for a year, had been accused of vandalism close to the home of his team's arch-rivals Newcastle United.
The trauma for drivers finding their cars vandalised can be alleviated to a degree if they have made certain they are covered by theircar insurance .
The damaged cars were parked in Stowell Street in Chinatown, a few hundred yards from the Sports Direct Arena.
At Newcastle Magistrates' Court, the prosecution withdrew the case against Bendtner who scored the only goal in Sunderland's victory over Liverpool on Saturday.
Bendtner was not in court for the hearing. He had been charged with five criminal damage counts along with Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole, 23, who did attend court. But no pleas were entered to the five charges linked to £4,168.27 of damage on December 6 last year and the case was adjourned at the request of the prosecution.
Cattermole, granted unconditional bail until March 26, gave his address as Aislaby near Yarm, Teesside.
Copyright Press Association 2012