Police have praised the majority of North-East football fans after a successful Tyne-Wear derby day operation.
The match saw a large policing presence across Sunderland and Newcastle as almost 50,000 supporters attended the Stadium of Light for the Premier League fixture.
In total, 15 people were arrested throughout Sunday, and Northumbria Police Chief Supt Steve Neill said: "The vast majority of fans were well behaved and enjoyed the derby for the great occasion that it is.
"The policing operation went well and I'd like to commend the professionalism of all those involved.
"This was very much a partnership operation and the degree of planning that went into this large scale operation ensured that genuine fans and families were able to enjoy the game in an atmosphere free of intimidation or violence.
"Fifteen arrests out of crowd of that size is very low. I'm pleased that the vast majority of fans who attended today were clearly there to enjoy the football and were not interested in causing trouble.
"I'd like to praise supporters from both clubs - they worked well with officers on the ground, were extremely patient and good natured and enjoyed the day in the best sprit. The holdback went very smoothly and supporters worked really well with police and stewards.
"Public safety is always our number one priority during any football match and the few people who chose to pose a threat to public safety were dealt with swiftly by police."