Fury over ‘drunk Barnsley fans who abused passengers and threatened to take over train’

An investigation has been launched into the behaviour of a group of ‘drunk’ Barnsley fans threatening train passengers.

Monday, 25th March 2019, 11:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 11:57 am
Armed police are today on patrol at Sheffield railway station. Photo courtesy of BBC

An investigation has been launched into the behaviour of a group of ‘drunk’ Barnsley fans threatening train passengers.

The football fans were travelling back to Barnsley on Saturday after watching their side beat Walsall 1-0 away from home.

Passengers on the 5.45pm train from Sheffield to Huddersfield via Barnsley were upset by the behaviour of ‘six or seven drunk Barnsley fans’ who had boarded the carriage.

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They said the fans, who were accompanied by young children, were loudly abusing other passengers in the carriage who were ‘mainly women and children’.

One passenger said the fans were using foul and abusive language and threatened to ‘take over the train’.

“Fortunately we left at Meadowhall but heard them abusing shoppers boarding. A woman getting off the train advised people to use alternative carriages," one passenger said.

“Their foul language in front of other children as well as their own was unbelievable.”

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Officers were called to Barnsley station at 5.50pm on March 23 following a report of a disturbance on board a train. Officers attended and conducted a number of searches, however they were not able to trace the group involved. No arrests were made.”

A club spokesman said Barnsley had been made aware of the incident and had launched an investigation.