Football match abandoned after mass brawl

PUBLISHED: 16:20 05 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:20 05 August 2015

Thamesmead Town FC

Thamesmead Town FC


Troublemakers try to storm ground

A football match in Thamesmead descended into a mass brawl yesterday evening with more than 100 people fighting and throwing missiles.

Thamesmead Town’s match against Clapton had to be abandoned after a gang of troublemakers, some of them armed and with their faces covered, tried to storm the ground in Bayliss Avenue.

The police helicopter had to be called after the intruders began damaging the doors and climbing over the fence at about 8.10pm.

Three people, including a police officer, were injured in the fight and a parked car was damaged.

Police will now be looking at CCTV in a bid to identify those involved. A bus which several of the troublemakers boarded after being thrown out of the ground was stopped by officers and 40 people were searched for weapons, but no-one has been arrested.

Bexley Police’s borough commander, Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, said patrols in the area would be stepped up.

“It is unacceptable that the match had to be abandoned because of the mindless behaviour of those who were intent on causing trouble,” he said.

“My officers will be out and about speaking to people, so if you have a question please do not hesitate to approach them. I would also like to appeal to anyone who saw what happened or has information about the people responsible to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Bexley artist has raised her concerns that a revamp of Hall Place will see the death of the art scene in the area.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wildlife enthusiasts are calling for “embarrassing” fly-tipping that is blighting marshland in Bexley to be cleared up.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Bexleyheath pub will be offering free gin and tonic today, in exchange for a very unusual currency - cake.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cash-strapped Bexley schools have been writing to parents asking for money for supplies, according to a councillor.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford David Evennett was the guest of honour and speaker at an Armistice and Remembrance Commemoration held at the Bexleyheath Conservative Club on Sunday (November 11).

A father could have been under the influence of a cocktail of drugs when he fatally shook his 10-week-old daughter, a court heard.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Erith’s iconic Carnegie building will be open to the public for an exciting array of events before Christmas, prior to its official opening in February next year.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24