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BTP issue stills from CCTV after clash between rival football 'fans' at Mitcham Eastfields

British Transport Police (BTP) investigators have released CCTV images as part of an ongoing investigation into a clash between Arsenal and Chelsea football fans at Mitcham Eastfields rail station in South London.

 

Following a public appeal for information in December, detectives have now released the images of five men they would like to identify in connection with the incident.


 

A number of innocent passengers - including mothers with children - were forced to move out of the way to avoid the incident, which took place around 8.50pm on Saturday, 29 November, following Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Detective Constable Darren Stenning said: “We believe two sets of Arsenal and Chelsea fans exchanged words on the train before starting to fight as the 8.36pm London Victoria to Dorking Southern service pulled into Mitcham Eastfields.

“The fight then spilled out onto the platform and onto Eastfields road, at the front of the station.”

Police were called but the men had fled the scene when officers arrived.

DC Stenning added:

“We believe a number of people on board the train and at the station witnessed this incident, including mothers with young children who had to move to avoid the fight.

“It’s extremely important that we build a clear picture of what took place. If you witnessed the incident or recognise any of the men pictured in the CCTV images then we want to hear from you.

“British Transport Police is committed to stamping out all sport-related disorder and we are working closely with fans, clubs, train operating companies and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure the railway is a safe environment.

“While the vast majority of fans are well-behaved and a credit to their clubs, a small minority seem intent on causing trouble.

“We are determined to bring these people to justice and will continue to take robust action against anyone who subjects other innocent rail passengers and genuine fans to violence and anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who recognises any of the men pictured in the CCTV images is asked contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference B8 of 4/12/09, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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