Sunderland star Bendtner cleared, but team-mate Cattermole to face criminal damages charges

Durham Times: Lee Cattermole arriving at Newcastle Magistrates Court today where he is  charged with criminal damage after cars were allegedly vandalised close to the home of Newcastle United Lee Cattermole arriving at Newcastle Magistrates Court today where he is charged with criminal damage after cars were allegedly vandalised close to the home of Newcastle United

Premier League star Nicklas Bendtner was today cleared of vandalising cars parked near the home of his teams arch rivals.

The prosecution withdrew the case against him after he was charged with five counts of criminal damage with Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.

The Danish star, on loan with Sunderland from Arsenal for a year, and who scored the only goal in the Black Cats win over Liverpool on Saturday, was not at Newcastle Magistrates' Court for the hearing.

Cattermole was present, dressed in a grey suit and black shirt, and no pleas were entered to the five charges relating to £4,168.27 of damage caused to cars on December 6.

The cars were parked in Stowell Street in Newcastle's China Town - only a few hundred yards from Newcastle United's Sports Direct Arena.

The case was adjourned at the request of the prosecution.

Cattermole, 23, who gave his address as Aislaby near Yarm, Teesside, was granted unconditional bail until 2pm on March 26 when the case will be heard again.

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