Smoke bombs and rowdy behaviour among police incidents involving Ipswich and Colchester football fans across railway network

PUBLISHED: 14:23 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 16 June 2017

British Transport Police. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

British Transport Police. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY


Football fans in Ipswich and Colchester were involved in a number of incidents which caused fellow rail passengers to report their behaviour to British Transport Police during the 2015/16 season, new data reveals.

BTP officers and Police Community Support Officers. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDBTP officers and Police Community Support Officers. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The latest figures, retrieved via a Freedom of Information request, suggest Colchester fans accounted for 3% of all League Two incidents across the entire BTP network, while Ipswich and Norwich fans accounted for 3% of all Championship incidents.

The reports include a smoke bomb, which was allegedly let off at a station after an Ipswich Town away game in August 2015.

Two months later a group of fans were reported to police for singing, swearing and drinking in the carriage near an elderly lady who had not attended the match.

In November of that year a drunk Colchester United fan was reported for banging on the windows of the train.

Other reports included a group of 20 Colchester fans on board a bus replacement service - who were said to have damaged the toilet leaving urine all over the floor.

Police were texted by a member of the public on board a train in April 2016 who alleged a group of 25 intoxicated Norwich fans were causing trouble.

On the same day a woman reported she had been abused by a group of Norwich City fans on a service.

She alleged one had approached her, dropped his trousers and made indecent remarks.

For the 2015-2016 season, West Ham had the most reported incidents of all Premier League clubs nationally.

The figures also reveal 22% of all football-related arrests are made by the British Transport Police.

Of these, 60% are for public disorder offences, and 40% were made during Premier League games.

There was also an increase of 36 incidents of violent disorder over the past year.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We adopt a proactive approach to football policing, with officers escorting trains before and after matches and patrolling stations where large numbers of fans are expected.”

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