Foot­ball thug, 38, jailed for train ram­page

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A FOOT­BALL hooli­gan from Ash­ford was among a gang of thugs who have been jailed for am­bush­ing ter­ri­fied Charl­ton FC sup­port­ers and pas­sen­gers on a packed train.

Rail­way worker An­drew Spicer, 38, of Hurst Road, Ken­ning­ton, was among a 30-strong mob of Crys­tal Palace fans who boarded the train at Sy­den­ham sta­tion on Septem­ber 1, last year, in­tent on at­tack­ing their ri­vals.

Women, chil­dren and pen­sion­ers were caught up in the vi­o­lence as the yobs went on the ram­page.

Spicer was one of five men jailed at South­wark Crown Court on Fri­day for their part in the vi­o­lence.

He was sen­tenced to two-anda-half years, hav­ing ad­mit­ted vi­o­lent dis­or­der at an ear­lier hear­ing.

The court heard how par­ents tried to pro­tect their chil­dren and pen­sion­ers cow­ered in fear as train pas­sen­gers were punched, kicked and head-butted.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice Det Insp Keith Ben­nett said the train con­tained Charl­ton Ath­letic sup­port­ers trav­el­ling to a game at Crys­tal Palace as well as mem­bers of the pub­lic.

He said: “The vi­o­lence that or­di­nary mem­bers of the pub­lic were sub­jected to on the day in ques­tion was ut­terly ap­palling.

“Those who per­pe­trated and were con­victed of caus­ing that vi­o­lence, some of whom are fam­ily men them­selves, should be ut­terly ashamed of them­selves.”

Pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Stephen Rob­bins said: “This was mob con­duct at its worst.

“This was sick­en­ing be­hav­iour, thug­gery, vi­o­lence on a train, with mem­bers of the pub­lic who were vis­i­bly dis­tressed.”

In to­tal, 16 Crys­tal Palace sup­port­ers have now been con­victed of their in­volve­ment in the dis­or­der.

Soc­cer thug An­drew Spicer

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