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16th suspect charged over violence on football train

BRITISH Transport police have arrested another man in relation to violent football-related attacks onboard a train.

Carl Rodney Thomas, 39, of Thornton Heath, has been charged with violent disorder for his alleged involvement in a group attack on passengers and football fans on route to a match between Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace.

A Kent man, 20-year-old John Patrick De Bono from St Mary Cray, has also been charged in relation to the incident.

The disorder occurred at about 2.20pm on September 1 when a group of around 40 males boarded a train at Sydenham railway station in South London and reportedly carried out a series of random attacks on passengers within two carriages of the train.

A 24-year-old Charlton Athletic fan suffered a broken nose, and several other passengers were head butted, punched and verbally abused.

Both De Bono and Thomas were bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Det Insp Keith Bennett said: "Members of the travelling public, including law-abiding football fans, have the right to travel in safety and without fear of being assaulted or abused."

A total of 16 suspects have now been charged in relation to the offence.

Earlier this month, BTP and Metropolitan Police officers were involved in a series of raids at 17 addresses across South London, Sussex and Kent, in which 14 men were arrested and charged with violent disorder.

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