Fan charged with graffiti attack on Newcastle United’s stadium

A MAN has been charged after graffiti was daubed at Newcastle United’s ground hours after the St James’s Park signs were removed.

The letters were removed yesterday after November’s announcement of the name-change to the Sports Direct Arena.

The words ‘St James’ were written in white paint at the ground before being removed on Friday morning.

Michael Atkinson, 29, of Hareydene, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, has been charged with criminal damage.

He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on March 7.

The graffiti was written on one of the walls at the ground below where one of the St James’s Park signs had been.

Workmen used a high-pressure cleaner to remove it this morning.