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27 February 2012, 12:07
The case against two Sunderland footballers charged with criminal damage after cars were allegedly attacked close to the home of their arch rivals has been adjourned in their absence.
Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole and loan striker Nicklas Bendtner face five offences of criminal damage relating to cars parked in Newcastle's Stowell Street in December.
The players, both of Darras Hall, Ponteland, Northumberland, were due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court today (Monday 27th Feb).
The case was heard briefly on Monday morning when magistrates were told that it had been adjourned administratively at the end of last week, and the footballers' attendance was excused.
The case was re-listed for March 12th.
24 year old Bendtner, is on international duty with Denmark, who play Russia on Wednesday.
Last week, the same court handed him a 56-day driving ban after he was caught doing 103mph in his Porsche 911 turbo.
He is on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
23 year old Cattermole, is originally from Teesside, and is known for his tough-tackling midfield play.
Stowell Street, in China Town, is only two minutes from St James' Park - the home of Newcastle United.