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Investigation launched into football match disorder

News   •   Aug 05, 2015 15:42 BST

Police have launched an investigation after a number of people attempted to storm a non-league football match.

Officers from Bexley Borough will be conducting detailed CCTV analysis as part of an investigation to identify those responsible for disorder at Thamesmead Town Football Club, Thamesmead.

On Tuesday, 4 August, the club were playing Clapton Football Club at home in Bayliss Avenue, SE28.

As part of the local policing plan, a small number of local officers were present.

At about 20:10hrs, disorder broke out when a number of people attempted to force their way into the ground by damaging the doors and climbing over the fence.

This resulted in a short period of disorder, with approximately 100 people fighting and missiles being thrown. Many of those fighting were wearing face coverings and using weapons.

One vehicle parked at the ground was damaged during the disorder. Two members of the public suffered minor facial injuries and one police officer sustained a minor hand injury.

Police officers from the Met’s Territorial Policing Unit attended as did the police helicopter.

The group was dispersed and a number of people left the ground and were seen to board a bus.

Officers stopped the bus and searched 40 people for weapons and recorded their details.

There have been no arrests at this stage. Enquiries continue.

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, Bexley Borough Commander, said: “Thamesmead Town Football Club is a quiet club with a nearby sports centre.

“It is unacceptable that the match had to be abandoned because of the mindless behaviour of those who were obviously intent on causing trouble.

“I am conscious of the impact this type of incident has on the local community and with that in mind I have increased patrols to the local area. My officers will be out and about speaking to people, so if you have a question please do not hesitate to approach them.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who witnessed the events or has information about the people responsible to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.