POLICE are probing reports of a vicious fight between rival football fans on a train from Birmingham to Worcester.
The incident happened on the 6.45pm service from New Street on Saturday (September 19) and is thought to involve 30 Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion supporters. All were white and in their mid-30s.
The fight died down throughout the journey but sparked back up again at Droitwich when the men began to assault each other, using belts as weapons.
They all then got off at Worcester Foregate Street station.
PC Ben Smith from British Transport Police (BTP), said: “This was a totally unnecessary and mindless act of thuggery, which must have been shocking for the other passengers in the carriage to have witnessed. Those involved should be ashamed of themselves.
“We are committed to stamping out football-related violence on the rail network and we are doing all we can to identify the individuals concerned, including examining CCTV and making enquiries with local police forces. ”
And he said, while the investigation was in its early stages, the BTP was in the process of talking to members of the public who were on board the train at the time.
He urged anyone else who had seen the incident to call the BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to help shed some light on what happened.