Football fans charged over bar drama

FOUR football fans have been charged with affray after dozens of Ipswich Town supporters were allegedly attacked at a railway station bar.

Josh Warwick

FOUR football fans have been charged with affray after dozens of Ipswich Town supporters were allegedly attacked at a railway station bar.

The incident reportedly took place at Manningtree on March 29 following the Blues' goalless draw with Championship rivals Queen's Park Rangers.

Town supporters in the bar claimed that a mob of QPR supporters had burst in, throwing bottles and stools and punching customers.


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It is believed they had got off a train from Ipswich to London when the trouble flared.

John Spear, 56, of Uxbridge, Roy Curtis, 50, of Ilford, Philip Sharp, 44, of Ruislip, and Paul Colman, 49, of Watford, will each answer a charge of affray when they appear before magistrates in Colchester on September 18.

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During the incident, it is alleged that a pensioner was punched, while there were dozens of children inside the platform bar at the time.

One person was taken to Colchester General Hospital.

The drama came to an end when the fans ran back to the train, but the National Express service was halted by police and kept at the station for some 15 minutes.

Paul Sankey, 52, who has owned the station buffet for the last eight years, said at the time: “I locked the door and stood by it to stop anyone from coming in.

“We get a lot of fathers bringing their children in here before and after games.

“There were a lot of women and children in here at the time.

“We have a lot of Ipswich fans come in here on match days when they are waiting for their trains, but they are usually families.”

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