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Appeal after disorder and homophobic behaviour following SPFL play-off at Falkirk

Groups of men involved in disorderly and homophobic behaviour
Incidents occurred following SPFL play-off match at Falkirk
Officers appeal for witnesses to unacceptable behaviour to come forward.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after groups, believed to be football supporters, engaged in disorderly and homophobic behaviour following the SPFL play-off match between Falkirk and Hibs on Friday night (13 May 2016).

A group of around 10 male youths boarded the 22.00 Edinburgh Waverley to Queen Street service – at Falkirk High station - and are reported to have been shouting, singing offensive songs and drinking alcohol on board the train, which arrived in Glasgow shortly before 11.15pm. It is believed they may have been Falkirk supporters returning from the play-off match and their behaviour forced other passengers to change carriages.

Constable Patrick Moran, the officer in charge of the enquiry, said: “I am appealing for anyone who was on the train or at the stations and witnessed the group’s behaviour to get in touch.”

In a separate incident, a short time later, a group of five men –believed to be Hibs supporters - shouted homophobic chants as they waited at Falkirk High station for the 22.30 service to Edinburgh Waverley.

Constable Fiona MacAulay said: “The behaviour of this group was totally unacceptable and anyone with information is urged to contact British Transport Police as a matter of urgency.”

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