Violence on post-match train

FOOTBALL fans kicked off on a packed train after Ipswich Town thrashed Reading in a 3-1 defeat.Trouble broke out after around 1,000 fans from both sides had to squeeze on to the same train.

FOOTBALL fans kicked off on a packed train after Ipswich Town thrashed Reading in a 3-1 defeat.

Trouble broke out after around 1,000 fans from both sides had to squeeze on to the same train.

Delays had been caused to services due to a recent train fire in Colchester and the exodus of travelling fans from Portman Road saw hundreds of them on Ipswich station.

British Transport Police (BTP) were called in and had to escort the London bound train as far as Colchester where many of the fans then got off.


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Trouble broke out in the buffet car where there were between ten and fifteen people, leading to the arrest of a Reading fan.

William Mceachran from Isleworth, Middlesex was arrested and charged with attempted criminal damage and public disorder after the fracas.

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The 39-year-old was released on bail and will appear before South East Suffolk magistrates in Ipswich next Wednesday.

A spokesman for the BTP said: "There was a disturbance in the buffet car leading to the arrest of one man.

"Around ten or fifteen people were involved in the disturbance which was more to do with provocation rather than a scuffle.

"The train was absolutely full to standing at the time."

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