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

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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

14 comments

  • But whoever did it should be ashamed and locked up.

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    ImDrunky

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • You almost fed the troll thrice there Rodders!

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    Ben Broom

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Abraham, the apology should come from the "journalist" and his "Editor" for creating this abjectly mischievous Headline. This sort of "writing" leaves me cold.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Say no more !!!! typical yellow and green.

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    Footyboy16

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Footyboy16 - Not typical at all, no proof it was a NCFC supporter. You're a Spurs fan, why do you hate us so much?

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    ImDrunky

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • What I attempted to say, but was blocked, is that there is no evidence it was NCFC "people". It might have been. Whoever did it are the lowest low-life of the lot. The reporting is shamelessly prurient. The incident has not been reported to the Northumbria Police. Article said that twice. So how hard are the "facts"? A few in situ Geordie views might help.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • I do not want to believe this dreadful act could have been done by anybody. Bobby Robson was a true gent and a real football man. If it was done by NCFC supporters, I would be even more horrified. This is the last Post. Reason:- Other.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • proberly bendtner and cattermole on another rampage

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    jmm

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • the Newcastle Evening Chronicle article means to me minds are already made up up there.Mud sticks- when the media say the world is flat,the world is flat.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Those who did this should be ashamed, truly ashamed. They are not true footie fans and should never be allowed into any game again.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Now that the SBR Foundation , has confirmed that it WAS NOT a City fan responsible, maybe an apology will be heading this way from Footyboy. Holds breath and waits.

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    Abraham

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Agree with Sid and The Brewer. Lets not make accusations before there is even a confirmed incident.

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    Abraham

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • I'm not sure if the 16 in footy boy is his age or his i.q. Whoops,Just broke a rule, dont feed a troll

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    Rodders

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Before this Gets to Out of hand, i for one do not belive ANY City Supported would have done such a thing. The Local's in Newcastle are actually saying it's more than likely a Mackem...that's a Sunderland person to those that don't know

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    CanarySid

    Monday, March 19, 2012

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