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Football match abandoned after mass brawl

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

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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.

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