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Ipswich: Commuters come to blows - over lack of elbow room

PUBLISHED: 09:17 11 July 2012

Commuters cram onto a train leaving Ipswich

Commuters cram onto a train leaving Ipswich

Archant

PASSENGERS watched on in disbelief when a fight broke out on a London-bound commuter train – in a dispute believed to be over elbow room.

The fracas aboard the 5.30am Greater Anglia Service from Norwich to Liverpool Street via Ipswich, left one man with cuts to his face.

Another man was arrested on board by an off-duty officer who happened to be travelling on the train.

One passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had never seen anything like it.

“Everybody was a bit shocked, the fight appeared to be over elbow room,” he said. “The carriage wasn’t even full at the time.”

It is believed the altercation, which took place in a standard class carriage, got out of hand as the train neared Chelmsford at around 6.50am.

The two men had been sitting together in the centre of the carriage when trouble flared.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed a 46-year-old man was arrested on board the service by an off-duty officer.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

BTP officers met the train – which was ferrying hundreds of Suffolk commuters into the capital – as it arrived into Liverpool Street station and took him into custody.

“Paramedics from London Ambulance Service also attended and the victim, who received a cut to his right cheek, was taken to Whitechapel hospital,” the BTP spokesman added.

Greater Anglia said there were no reports of injuries to other passengers and there was no further disruption to the service.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident number 64 of 10/07/2012.

Did you witness the fracas? Call the newsdesk on 01473 324790 or e-nail starnews@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • Another case of an off duty Police officer prepared to step forward and be counted. In view of what happened in Clacton, who could have blamed him if he kept quiet and none of the other passengers would have been none the wiser.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • I agree 'Victor Meldrew'; these days it is too dangerous to challenge anyone. On a sleeper train recently I had to put up with drunks boarding at a city station at about 2 a.m. after a night out, lying in the aisles and then see the conductor step over them because he dared not challenge them. He only pointed out to them that they needed to get up when they arrived at their stop but, as the train halted there for 90 minutes, they stayed in the aisles until just before it departed. What a mess the UK is in, primarily because there is no iron fist.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Its pathetic. Society these days thrives on confrontation and violence. They should grow up or be booted off the train. I hate this country now, and im working as hard as i can so myself and my family can get out asap.

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    Stevie

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

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