30th Mar, 2017

Picture issued of man police want to speak to after football fan brawl on train

Droitwich Editorial 6th Oct, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

POLICE investigating a fight between football fans on a train from Birmingham New Street to Worcester have issued this picture of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

It was taken secretly by a passenger on the train after the brawl broke out about 6.45pm on Saturday, September 19.

It is thought the fight happened between a mix of Aston Villa Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion supporters.

The Standard reported a fortnight ago about the incident, which died down for a time, but then flared up again near Droitwich.

Originally it was thought about 30 men were involved in the incident but enquiries made by British Transport Police (BTP) have sice established there were about ten in total and all were in their mid-30s.

PC Ben Smith from BTP said: “We’d like to thank the quick thinking passenger who took the photograph.

“Now we need the public’s help to identify this man so we can speak to him about what happened.

“We know all the men got off at Worcester Foregate Street station and our CCTV enquiries into who else may have been a part of that group continue.

“I’d urge anyone who was involved to come forward as soon as possible and tell us their side of the story before our net closes in on them.”

Anyone with any information is asked should call 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The reference number for the incident is GSUB/B5 of 21/09/2015.