Football stars held over car damage

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Two Premier League footballers have been arrested after cars were damaged close to the home of their arch rivals.

Lee Cattermole and Nicklas Bendtner, who play for Sunderland, were held by Northumbria Police on Thursday following an incident in Newcastle city centre.

They were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and bailed after a number of cars were attacked in Stowell Street, Newcastle, at about 10pm on December 6.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said two 23-year-old who were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage had been bailed.

Bendtner, a Danish international, is spending a year on Wearside on loan from Arsenal.

The alleged damage, believed to have involved at least three cars, was said to have taken place two days after struggling Sunderland lost 2-1 at Wolves.

Officers will scour CCTV images of the area to establish who was responsible for the wrecking spree. Stowell Street, in the city’s China Town, is close to Newcastle United’s stadium.

Neither player was on the pitch for disciplinarian manager Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge at the Stadium of Light.