Police hunt football fans after train vandalised

By Rob Virtue on December 12, 2012 4:51 PM |

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Football hooligans who demolished the inside of a train on route to a Charlton and Crystal Palace match earlier this season are being hunted by transport police.

The incident took place on a service from London Bridge to Charlton before the Championship fixture on Friday, September 14.

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Police have released CCTV images of two men wanted in relation to the attack, which saw light bulbs smashed and light gratings pulled down on the rush-hour service.

Six men have already been arrested.

Officers say the group intimidated commuters on the journey and attempted to smash the train's windows.

Detective Constable Jason Schweiger, the investigating officer, said: "We believe the group of men were travelling to watch Crystal Palace play Charlton at The Valley around 7pm.

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"They had boarded a crowded commuter train at London Bridge and began pulling down light gratings, ripping off and throwing seat covers, smashing light bulbs and banging on and attempting to break windows. They were also heard to be chanting."

The detective added: "This was obviously an intimidating experience for other passengers and we have conducted an in-depth investigation into the incident to try to identify the people responsible.

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"This has included working through forensic opportunities, viewing CCTV footage and speaking with witnesses. Images have also been circulated to other police forces and on police intelligence systems but unfortunately to no avail.

"From viewing CCTV on board the train we have now isolated images of four men we would like to speak to. This was a packed train and I am certain that there are people out there with information that could help our investigation."

If you recognise any of the men call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B7/LS of 12/12/12. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.