Police are warning football fans they will take ‘robust’ action against anti-social behaviour on the transport as they step up patrols on key routes in Bolton.
A number of people have been identified and are being investigated for public order offences and assault after violence broke out following recent Bolton home games.
Increased high visibility and covert patrols are taking place on key routes into the town in a bid to deter further incidents.
Investigations are continuing cto identify the remaining suspects involved in football related anti social behaviour onboard a train service from Horwich Parkway to Bolton and at Bolton Railway Station after the recent Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough Fixture on September 17.
British Transport Police (BTP) has also teamed up with colleagues at Greater Manchester Police, Transport for Greater Manchester and Northern, to warn trouble makers that it’s only a matter of time before those responsible are caught.
Anyone charged with a football-related offence could face a football banning order and be unable to attend future matches at Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
PC Andrew Margerison said: “Let’s be clear – we will not tolerate the idiotic behaviour of a few ruining the day for real football fans as well as any other passengers on the network.
“BTP will take a robust stance on those individuals who are intent on acting in an anti-social manner and trying to travel on the rail network without a valid ticket for their journey.
“If you’re a real football fan you want to see your team play – don’t risk being left on the bench all because of a moment of madness.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “We will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards any of our colleagues and will work closely with British Transport Police to ensure a safe environment for everyone travelling by rail.”
Kate Green, TfGM’s TravelSafe Partnership Manager, said: “Football matches are enjoyed by people of all ages, including families, and we will not tolerate any crime and antisocial behaviour on Greater Manchester’s public transport network “Antisocial behaviour can include vandalism on vehicles or station infrastructure, as well as behaviour that intimidates passengers and staff across the network.
“The TravelSafe Partnership will continue to work alongside British Transport Police and other partners to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour and reassure those travelling to and from venues across Greater Manchester, including on matchdays in Bolton.”