Players' car damage case adjourned

Two Premier League footballers from Northumberland have had their case of criminal damage adjourned until March 12 at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

Lee Cattermole, captain of Sunderland, and loan striker Nicklas Bendtner were not in court when magistrates heard it was adjourned administratively, and they were excused attendance.

The charges relate to five alleged offences of damaging cars in Newcastle's Stowell Street, just two minutes from the home of Newcastle United, last December.

Cattermole, 23, of Darras Hall, Ponteland, but originally from Teesside, is known for his tough-tackling midfield play.

Brendtner, 24, also of Darras Hall, is on loan for a season from Arsenal but is on international duty with Denmark, who play Russia on Wednesday.

Bendtner was last week banned from driving for 56 days by Newcastle magistrates for speeding at 103mph in his Porsche 911 turbo.

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