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Anti-social football fans on Birmingham to Sheffield train

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Following an incident of anti-social behaviour on a train to Sheffield, officers are reminding football fans that aggressive, disruptive or criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.

The incident happened on Saturday 11 March between 8pm and 9.20pm on board a Cross Country service to Sheffield. 

A group  of Sheffield Wednesday fans joined the service at Birmingham New Street and were in coach F of the train. During the journey towards Sheffield, the fans, who had been drinking, began chanting anti-social songs and banging on the walls and doors of the train.

During the course of the journey, other passengers on the service felt uncomfortable, stressed and intimidated by their behaviour.  

PC Joanne Kellett, said: “This type of outrageous and anti-social behaviour has no place on the rail network and we will simply not tolerate it. Their foul language and boisterous behaviour was extremely unpleasant and other passengers were understandably intimidated by their actions.  

“I’d like to issue a warning to football fans – behaviour like this will not go unchecked and where offences occur we will investigate robustly. 

“Unfortunately the behaviour of a few individuals is damaging the reputation of the team they follow. Almost every week BTP officers have to deal with unsavoury and unwelcome behaviour on trains or at stations across the country. If you ever feel intimidated, or experience crime or anti-social behaviour on a train, report it to BTP by discreetly sending to a text to 61016.

"If you have any information about this incident or would like to report any other offences, please call 0800 40 50 40.”

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