A Range Rover belonging to troubled Newcastle striker Andy Carroll was torched in a suspected arson attack. The car was parked on the driveway of Newcastle United FC team-mate Kevin Nolan's house at the time.
The England Under-21 star was recently charged with assault following a fracas with his ex-girlfriend at her home and was subsequently ordered to live with Nolan, on the exclusive Darras Hall estate in Ponteland, as part of his bail conditions. The incident happened on Wednesday, three days after a court ordered the 21-year-old to live with Mr Nolan. Mr Carroll had appeared before magistrates charged with assaulting his former girlfriend Laurie Henderson.
Police were called after the pair spotted Carroll's silver Range Rover, which he had recently bought to celebrate after signing a new five-year contract with NUFC, on fire on the drive. Firefighters were called to the scene around 7pm, where they found the car with smashed windows and what looked to be significant fire damage. A Northumbria force spokeswoman said, 'Police received a report from the fire and rescue service of a fire outside an address in Darras Hall. Officers attended and a Range Rover was found to be on fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire and rescue service and no-one was injured.'
The Range Rover has been examined by a police forensics team and the spokesman added that, 'Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.' A spokeswoman for Newcastle United said the club would not comment as the incident was being investigated by the police.
Mr Carroll, who has previous convictions for violence, appeared before Tynedale Magistrates on Monday charged with assaulting 18-year-old Miss Henderson on 17 October. He was bailed until a further hearing in January, and the court was told he would claim self-defence.