Police thank public for support over incident

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POLICE have thanked people who contacted them with information about an alleged racist incident at Fratton Park.

PC Steve Hopes said a number of people had come forward after an appeal in The News. It came after police received a report of racist abuse of a Barnet player at the Pompey game on September 12.

PC Hopes said: ‘I’d like to thank people for helping out.’

As part of their appeal for information police issued a picture of Ian Thomas, of Padnell Road, Cowplain, in the hope he could supply them with information about the alleged incident.

After attending the game Mr Thomas had been away on holiday to celebrate his 50th birthday.

He spoke to police on his return and no action was taken against him.

Mr Thomas, (pictured), a businessman who is a season ticket holder at Fratton Park and has supported Portsmouth for 45 years, said: ‘I never heard any racial abuse and was embarrassed by the fact police wanted to speak to me. I was also abused by fans on social media. It ruined my 50th birthday holiday celebrations.’

A 46-year-old man from Havant has been interviewed by police.

The Crown Prosecution Service is due to decide if he will be charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.