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Newcastle United fans face dry trains on Sunday due to ‘Hate Crimes’ after previous match

7 months ago
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Bad news for Newcastle United fans travelling on Sunday.

Newcastle play at Fulham with a 3pm kick-off, the game the final one of this Premier League season.

If you are travelling by train with LNER tough, you could be left disappointed.

They have announced that all trains leaving Kings Cross on Sunday, from 6pm until 10pm, will be ‘dry’ trains.

Announcement from LNER (London North Eastern Railway):

‘Due to sporting events taking place in London the services below will be designated as alcohol free (Dry Trains):

18:00 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
18:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
19:00 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
19:30 London Kings Cross to Newcastle
20:00 London Kings Cross to Newcastle
21:00 London Kings Cross to Newcastle
22:00 London Kings Cross to Newcastle’

With alcohol allowed on train journeys after recent matches in the capital, Newcastle fan site nufc.com asked LNER what the reasoning for the decision was.

This is the LNER reply to them:

‘As a result of a number of serious incidents on board our trains following the [Newcastle United] game away to Tottenham on Saturday February 2nd 2019, LNER have decided to implement an alcohol restriction and operate dry trains on all services from London Kings Cross calling at Newcastle from 18:00 on Sunday 12th May.

Whilst only a small minority of fans were responsible for these offences, several were classed as ‘hate crimes’ and all were linked to alcohol consumption.

As such LNER have decided on this occasion to implement the alcohol restriction in the interests of all its customers and staff and to help ensure everyone has a safe and pleasant journey.’

That Tottenham match was back on Saturday 2 February 2019 and since then there have been matches at both West Ham [Saturday 2 March] and Arsenal [Monday 1 April] without any alcohol ban. So a bit strange that they have waited until now to react to what allegedly happened following that Spurs game three months ago.

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