Tyne & Wear

Sunderland footballers charged over damaged cars

Nicklas Bendtner (left) and Lee Cattermole
Image caption Nicklas Bendtner (left) and Lee Cattermole each face five charges of criminal damage

Two Premier League footballers have been charged after cars were damaged in Newcastle city centre.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, 23, and striker Nicklas Bendtner, 24, each face five charges of criminal damage.

Northumbria Police said it was in relation to an incident in Stowell Street on 6 December.

The pair, both from Ponteland, will appear before magistrates in Newcastle on 27 February.

Lee Cattermole, originally from Stockton, started his career with Middlesbrough.

He joined Sunderland on a £6m transfer from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

Nicklas Bendtner, a Danish international, is currently on loan at the club from Arsenal.

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