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Roads closed by armed police as robbers target Joelinton’s home during Newcastle v Man City

Roads had to be closed by armed police as robbers target Joelinton’s home during the Newcastle v Man City on Saturday night.

The injured Brazilian was at St James’ Park watching Man City win 3-2, while his family were on holiday, with reports saying he received a security alert saying three men were inside his empty property.

Officers were quick in getting to the scene with a police helicopter dispatched, only for the burglars to flee the scene by the time police got there.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: ‘Shortly before 7.30pm yesterday (Saturday) police received a call from a concerned homeowner who reported that three men were inside their home on Runnymede Road in Darras Hall.

‘Thankfully the homeowner was not home but had received a security alert on their phone and immediately reported concerns to police.

‘Police were deployed to the scene however, those alleged to be involved had fled the scene.

‘Enquires remain ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact us via 101, or the ‘Report’ pages of our website, quoting log NP-20240113-0835.’

One resident responded to a fellow user on a Facebook group asking what was happening: “Joelinton’s house, we live next door, road closed off and armed police at scene. We were told to stay in the house for our own safety.”

The game itself saw Kevin De Bruyne mark his return to the Premier League but helping Man City to a thrilling 3-2 comeback win at Newcastle, grabbing a goal himself and an assist in 25 minutes on the pitch as City came back from 2-1 down in second half.

Man City went ahead on 26 minutes, when Bernardo Silva produced a beautiful backheel, sending the ball past Dubravka from Kyle Walker’s low cross.

Under 10 minutes later, Newcastle went level, with Guimaraes curling a first-time 30-yard pass perfectly into the feet of Isak, went one-on-one with Walker, only for Isak to produce a stunner past Ortega and into the far corner.

Right after that Anthony Gordon was released down the left, Walker again allowed him to go past, and bend a fine effort in the net. 

De Bruyne came off the bench and levelled the scoreline with a superb finish on 74 minutes, before assisting Oscar Bobb for the winner.

Player ratings (as per Sky Sports)

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Trippier (6), Schar (7), Botman (6), Burn (7), Guimaraes (7), Longstaff (6), Miley (6), Almiron (7), Gordon (7), Isak (7).

Subs:Hall (n/a).

Man City: Ederson (n/a), Walker (5), Dias (7), Ake (6), Gvardiol (6), Rodri (8), Kovacic (7), Bernardo Silva (8), Foden (6), Doku (6), Alvarez (5).

Subs: Ortega (6), De Bruyne (8), Bobb (7).

Player of the match: Kevin De Bruyne.

De Bruyne said: “I’ve missed this. I had a big injury and I needed the time off but I worked hard.

“To come here, to this stadium, in this environment – I think it was more willpower than sharpness.

“I know I’m not able to do that for 90 minutes at the moment but I can put in a shift for 20-25 at full pace. I can feel it in my lungs with the cold, but it can’t be any better than this can it?”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “No words to describe the performance. We are judged on the performance. A win will be judged. The mentality and what we are able to do. We proved our qualities.

“It was weird but we took the game in our control, we arrived in small pockets really well. We conceded two goals on the transition, they are similar to Liverpool.

“Stick to the plan, continue to do it and the magic from Kevin and Oscar came.”

On the performances of De Bruyne and Oscar Bobb, he added: “I’m so grumpy and upset with Kevin because his first touch was a free-kick and he couldn’t score. Phil Foden was outstanding. Everyone was really good.

“When opponents are more tired, Kevin and Oscar provide another pace at the end.

“Oscar’s was a fantastic goal for the control. We were really impressed in pre-season, I knew from information for the second team he was special.

“When Kevin has the ball and we have runners, Kevin is unique in the world but the finish by Oscar, I am so, so happy for him.”

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe: “It was a really good first-half performance from us. End-to-end, brave football. We probably ran out of gas in the second half.

“It looked like we had done enough for the point, with the way we defended you’d have backed us to see it out but we couldn’t do it in the end.

“We are limited from the bench at the moment. The lads gave a lot in the first half, we looked really good, we just probably couldn’t sustain it.

“That’s the quality they have, but you have to find a way. You just hoped we could see it out and get a really good point.”

On his side falling to four Premier League defeat in a row, Howe added: “We just have to continue in the same form as today really. There’s not a lot wrong with our performances. You can see today we are a tip team. The group is in a good place, I don’t see any negativity. I see hurt because we aren’t winning and that’s what we’re here to do. We had a good win in the FA Cup last week and that boosted us for today.”

Twitter users sent sympathy for those who lived in the area and Joelinton after hearing that roads were closed by armed police as robbers target Joelinton’s home during Newcastle v Man City…

@no1Jamesie: Hope Joelinton and his family are unhurt in this incident scum of the earth

@Bazro136: Hope Joelinton & his family are okay 🙏🏽

@curtwarburton: It’s getting worse in the uk. No one gives a fuck. Bring back tough punishments.

@ScottDaley26: We saw two Police cars and Ambulances flying towards that area on the way home tonight. I hope everyone’s ok 🤞

@BellsyNUFC: Hope Joelinton and his family are safe 🖤🤍, absolute scum whoever did it

@ClennellPeter: This was by far the worst thing to happen yesterday in terms of Newcastle United. I hope big Joe and family are okay and that the thieves are caught and get what they deserve. ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️

@JSpence24: So this day does get worse fucking hell

@ClaireDevine14: Horrible. Thank God noone was at home

@geordiegixxer: Lowlife scumbags.. shame Joe wasn’t in and he could have done a Duncan Ferguson special on them…

@GregNUFC__: Fucking pricks whoever done it. Hope him and his family are safe 🙏

@soph_atkk: this is so, so horrible what the fuck

@Joedee111: Makes players want to leave shit like that man ffs

@leehulmes83: So many Scumbags in this world, Us Geordies pray that your family are ok Joelinton 🙏🖤🤍💯

@GaryEvans1428: Scumbags hope they are caught and put away!

@Hudson1992M: This is becoming ever more popular the last few years. Scum robbing family homes.

@psmithy388: I hope they’ve found them and everyone is ok. Just horrific.

@ToonGirl82: Bloody hell!!!!! Hope everyone is safe 🖤🤍

@iloveidpol: Terrifying for the family

@beanz2809: Seems that these burglars aren’t concerned about top of the range intruder systems. #Joelinton gets an alert that they’re in his property, they’re gone by the time police get there. Luckily never been burgled, but it’s an absolute violation #NUFC 🖤🤍🖤

@DanielP28132193: Send my thoughts to joelinton and his family, sounds horrible from the window hope they are all OK!

@Alan19673: Absolute scumbags

@JimmyWatt19: If true, I really hope Joelinton & his family are ok🙏🤞🙏🤞

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