Justice served for Newcastle United ‘fan’ who urinated on Sunderland statue

Thomas Fleet pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage in relation to the incident.

A Newcastle United ‘fan’ has been fined for urinating on a statue of Bob Stokoe outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Thomas Fleet, 21, of Ferryhill, County Durham, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage and was fined £40. He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to the football club at South Tyneside magistrates.

Footage of Fleet urinating on the statue was shared on social media over the weekend. He was wearing a Newcastle United shirt when commiting the crime.

The incident took place on Saturday, April 30.

The BBC have reported Fleet was serving a suspended sentence for domestic violence-related offences at the time.

Stokoe was the manager of the Black Cats when they won their last major domestic trophy - the 1973 FA Cup.

Northumberland-born Stokoe also made 261 appearances for Newcastle United, a club he signed for in 1947.

Stokoe, who died in 2004, also played for United in their last domestic trophy win, the 1955 FA Cup.