Footballer's car torched in attack

Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll's chrome-plated Range Rover has been set on fire outside teammate Kevin Nolan's house.

It is, therefore, an undeniably good thing that the long-haired forward recently signed an improved five-year deal at the St James' Park club as he may now have to pay morecar insurance in wake of the arson attack.

Security men stood guard outside Mr Nolan's detached house in leafy Darras Hall, Northumberland, as police examined the charred remains of the luxury vehicle for clues. Mr Nolan's garage door was also daubed in graffiti in the attack.

Magpies' star Carroll, who was recently tipped for a call-up to the senior England squad, is staying at team captain Nolan's house as part of his bail conditions after being charged with an alleged assault.

The incident comes a little over a week before Mr Carroll is due at Newcastle Crown Court to answer charges that he allegedly assaulted a teenager in a nightclub.

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