A police horse punched in the head while working to control an unruly crowd following the Newcastle United and Sunderland football match on Sunday.
Police horse Bud, of the West Yorkshire mounted section, was struck on the head by a football fan, who was quickly wrestled to the ground by officers and arrested.
The shire-cross horse, a seven-year veteran of the force, escaped injury. according to a tweet from the Yorkshire police.
Three police officers were hurt in the clashes with Newcastle fans after their side’s 3-0 defeat at St James’ Park.
Northumbia police have arrested 24 people in relation to the crowd behaviour after the Tyne-Wear derby.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “The vast majority of football supporters were well behaved on Sunday, with just a handful of arrests made before the game and just eight inside the stadium during the match.
“Disappointingly, there was some disorder following the match in the city centre. I want to stress that this happened in a very small area of the city, which was quickly contained by officers and at no point did officers lose control of the situation.
“The people involved were making attempts to confront Sunderland supporters being brought into the city in a foot escort from the stadium, but due to the police presence, were unsuccessful and started confronting officers instead.”
O’Neill said an investigation was under way to ensure anyone involved in disorder was identified.
“It’s possible the people involved hadn’t even been to the match and in no way do they reflect the tens of thousands of true football supporters who attended the game to enjoy the occasion and support their team.
“There no place for violence in football and any disorder is completely unacceptable. Our ultimate aim is the safety of the public and an investigation is under way to trace those involved in this disruption following the match and ensure action is taken.”
All those arrested are due to appear in Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on May 20. They have strict bail conditions which includes them not going to a designated area on a day when a regulated football match is being played at the home ground of Sunderland or Newcastle, four hours before and four hours after the kick-off.