Two arrests after homophobic incident on train carrying Ipswich Town fans

The number of assaults peaked at 462 the year before – having almost doubled from 275 in 2014/15

Two men have been arrested after a homophobic incident on a train - Credit: Archant

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after a homophobic incident on a train carrying Ipswich Town fans in October. 

In December, police appealed to speak to a number of Ipswich Town fans after an incident on the 6.15pm service from Plymouth to Paddington on Sunday, October 31.

A group were reported to have been singing homophobic chants and making other passengers uncomfortable. 

On Saturday, October 30, Ipswich Town had lost 2-1 away at Plymouth.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: "British Transport Police received a report of passengers making homophobic comments on a train from Plymouth to Paddington on Sunday 31 October."

Police arrested a 51-year-old man on Monday, January 10 and a 23-year-old man on Sunday, January 16.

Both have since been released pending further investigations.

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An Ipswich Town Football Club spokesman said the club would not be commenting on the incident while enquiries are ongoing. 

"We are a club that strongly stands against any form of abuse or hate," the spokesman added.

"We encourage supporters to report any such incidents to the police, stewards or Kick It Out."