Police horse, Bud, back home safe and well after being attacked in Newcastle

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A West Yorkshire Police horse attcked when football fans clashed following Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby is back home.

Bud, West Yorkshire Police’s mounted section, was controlling crowds at the Newcastle versus Sunderland match when a fan apparently tried to punch him.

A total of 29 supporters have now been arrested after sporadic violence spread across Newcastle city centre.

Video footage of the skirmishes showed crowds picking up empty glass bottles and throwing them towards police.

Pictures and video also emerged of a man apparently swinging at the police horse.

However, Bud’s suspected attacker was wrestled to the ground by officers and Northumbria Police said he has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Three police officers were also injured during clashes with Newcastle fans after the side’s 0-3 defeat at St James’ Park.

The West Yorkshire Police Horses Twitter account tweeted a picture of Bud, saying he was not injured during the scuffle and is now back home in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police Horses said: “Bud is safe in his stable and appears fine.

“All our horses are fit and well, resting and relaxed.”

It showed photos of Bud in his paddock and thanked people for their concern, many of whom had asked how he was via the networking site.