BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses to come forward after four Peterborough men were arrested last weekend.
Police removed a group of Peterborough supporters acting in an anti-social manner from a train whilst returning home from the Hull City v Peterborough fixture at the KC Stadium on Saturday, September 29.
Officers who were also travelling on the 7.01pm Doncaster – Peterborough service removed the group at Peterborough station around 8pm and arrested two men for public order offences.
Whilst carrying out the arrests a few members of the group became aggressive and confrontational with officers, while one made racially-aggravated comments.
Two further men were also arrested for public order offences and all four – aged 27, 28, 29 and 38-years-old and from Peterborough – were taken into police custody. They have since been released on police bail due to return on Wednesday, 31 October.
PC Sean White, the investigating officer, said: “Anti-social behaviour will simply not be tolerated by BTP and where football supporters step out of line, banning orders are applied for.
“Passengers and rail staff should be able to travel without encountering such unsavoury and unwelcome behaviour.
“The majority of football supporters who travel on the rail network cause no problems whatsoever but, sadly, there remains a minority who think they have the right to behave unacceptably.
“The station was busy when the train arrived and I am appealing for anyone who was on either the train or who witnessed the incident to come forward and assist police in this investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting B7/LNA of 04/10/2012. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.