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Were Norwich City supporters responsible for vandalism to Sir Bobby Robson memorial garden in Newcastle?

PUBLISHED: 13:22 19 March 2012 | UPDATED: 13:39 19 March 2012

The travelling Norwich City fans at Newcastle's St James' Park on Sunday. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images.

The travelling Norwich City fans at Newcastle's St James' Park on Sunday. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images.

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Reports in Newcastle have claimed that Norwich City supporters vandalised a garden created in memory of former Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson yesterday.

However, Northumbria Police have confirmed that the incident has not been reported to them.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle reported the vandalism, saying that a stone portrait of the former England, Ipswich and Newcastle boss had been defaced.

The report also stated that it was believed the garden - which is near to Newcastle’s St James’ Park stadium - had been vandalised by Canaries supporters.

Just under 2,000 fans travelled to the north-east to see Paul Lambert’s side lose the Premier League battle 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Liz Luff, of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which raises cash for cancer research, was quoted as saying: “I was absolutely furious to find Sir Bobby’s memorial garden vandalised. Someone drew an obscenity on the middle stone which was Bobby’s portrait. It was unpleasant.

“Thankfully the council had it cleaned first thing this morning. Swift work and much appreciated.”

The garden includes a series of stones featuring images to celebrate the career of Mr Robson’s, who passed away in July 2009 aged 76.

Although a spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “The incident has not been reported to us, so we are not able to give any evidence to support one way or another.”

- Do you know what happened? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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