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Soccer fans bailed over 'intimidating' incident on train

Published date: 15 April 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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THREE football supporters from Wrexham have been released on bail following an ‘intimidating’ incident on a train.


The three men, aged 49, 31 and 21, are believed to be Chirk AAA FC supporters, travelling back from their 3-2 Welsh Cup Final defeat to Llanrug FC at Rhyl’s Belle Vue stadium on Saturday, April 12.


The British Transport Police said there was a confrontation between supporters on a stationary train at Rhyl railway station at 6.45pm, on the Holyhead to Shrewsbury service.


A total of four men have been arrested in connection with the incident, with the three hailing from the Wrexham area and a 34-year-old from Telford.

Officers are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.


Insp Mark Jones, of British Transport Police, said: “Officers were called to Rhyl railway station at 6.45pm on Saturday following reports of a confrontation between football supporters.


“The disturbance took place on board a Holyhead to Shrewsbury service, which was stationary at Rhyl station at the time.


“Although four arrests have been made in connection with the incident, our investigation is ongoing and I would like to appeal to anyone who may have been either at the station or on the train to contact us. You may have seen or heard something that could prove vital to this investigation.


“We believe the three men from the Wrexham area were Chirk supporters travelling back from the match in Rhyl.


“All four have been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until May 19.


“This must have been an intimidating environment for other passengers on board the train and on the platform at Rhyl.


“We do not tolerate anti-social and violent behaviour like this and we will be continuing our enquiries, including viewing any available CCTV and speaking to witnesses.”


Anyone who was at the station or on board the train, and may have witnessed the disorder, is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting background reference WSUB/B7 of 14/04/2014.


Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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