Spilled ketchup row on Bexleyheath train sees 13-year-old boy punched in the face

The row started over spilled ketchup on the train seats.

The row started over spilled ketchup on the train seats.

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A row over spilled ketchup on the seats of a Bexleyheath train led to a 13-year-old boy being punched in the face.

The victim, from Bexleyheath, was on a train from London Bridge when he got into an argument with a man thought to be in his 40s.

British Transport Police PC Andy Thompson said: “During the journey he was grabbed around the throat and punched in the face by a man following a verbal altercation over some tomato ketchup on the train seats.

“The victim and the man both left the train at Bexleyheath.”

The suspect is described as a white man of medium build with receding black hair and a distinctive walk.

He is around 5ft 7in tall and was wearing a grey coloured suit, a tie and a knee length black overcoat at the time of the incident at around 6.40pm on February 19.

Anyone with any information about the assault should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting LSA/B5 of 04/03/14.

Information can also be passed on to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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12:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

cherithporter says...

A row over ketchup? Who would? Anything will do.
A row over ketchup? Who would? Anything will do. cherithporter
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Virtual-Monster says...

Spilled ketchup on seats, 13 year old responsible. What's the odds it wasn't an accident at all?
Spilled ketchup on seats, 13 year old responsible. What's the odds it wasn't an accident at all? Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 17

1:33pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Linja says...

Too much anger in this Country these last few years, come on people JUST GET ON.
Too much anger in this Country these last few years, come on people JUST GET ON. Linja
  • Score: -2

1:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

Was the ketchup a year 57? If it was then words can not communicate the anger.
Was the ketchup a year 57? If it was then words can not communicate the anger. white rabbit9
  • Score: 4

1:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Simon bald says...

was it actually asda own brand? very difficult to believe that the news shopper reporting team has investigated to such detail
was it actually asda own brand? very difficult to believe that the news shopper reporting team has investigated to such detail Simon bald
  • Score: 9

3:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

reasonable75 says...

You never get the full story - but if he had a bottle of ketchup, how did it get "accidentally" spilt on the seat?
You never get the full story - but if he had a bottle of ketchup, how did it get "accidentally" spilt on the seat? reasonable75
  • Score: 8

5:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

whats common about sense says...

reasonable75 wrote:
You never get the full story - but if he had a bottle of ketchup, how did it get "accidentally" spilt on the seat?
Chances are it wasn't a full bottle of ketchup but an annoying chav eating take away food smothered in ketchup and rather than using a napkin decided to wipe his filthy hands all over the train seat, I spoke to a youth about doing the very same thing on a bus, it is disgusting and not acceptable. Needless to say I didn't punch the chav on the bus but after asking if he would do that at home to be told he would, he reacted rather aggressively when I suggested his mother must be a tramp if she allowed such behaviour, who would want ketchup all over their coat just because a chavvy little idiot can't eat without making a mess, I certainly wouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: You never get the full story - but if he had a bottle of ketchup, how did it get "accidentally" spilt on the seat?[/p][/quote]Chances are it wasn't a full bottle of ketchup but an annoying chav eating take away food smothered in ketchup and rather than using a napkin decided to wipe his filthy hands all over the train seat, I spoke to a youth about doing the very same thing on a bus, it is disgusting and not acceptable. Needless to say I didn't punch the chav on the bus but after asking if he would do that at home to be told he would, he reacted rather aggressively when I suggested his mother must be a tramp if she allowed such behaviour, who would want ketchup all over their coat just because a chavvy little idiot can't eat without making a mess, I certainly wouldn't. whats common about sense
  • Score: 13

11:03am Wed 5 Mar 14

mick_a says...

Kids get on the buses all the time with take aways and leave half drunk milkshakes, chips and chicken bones scattered over the seats, some covered in ketchup. While you cannot condone an adult thumping a 13 year old it is a wonder it does not happen more often.
ps: where the parents with this child or is he allowed to travel to central London on his own.
Kids get on the buses all the time with take aways and leave half drunk milkshakes, chips and chicken bones scattered over the seats, some covered in ketchup. While you cannot condone an adult thumping a 13 year old it is a wonder it does not happen more often. ps: where the parents with this child or is he allowed to travel to central London on his own. mick_a
  • Score: 4

1:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Wiff180 says...

Like to hear the full story, most kids on the train seem to run riot anyway, feet on seats, music through mobile, acting like it's the big adventure getting on a train, funny the police are never interested in that......Midweek working people just don't go round punching 13yr old kids for no reason do they.....
Like to hear the full story, most kids on the train seem to run riot anyway, feet on seats, music through mobile, acting like it's the big adventure getting on a train, funny the police are never interested in that......Midweek working people just don't go round punching 13yr old kids for no reason do they..... Wiff180
  • Score: 3

8:57am Thu 6 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

This is absurd. An adult grabs a thirteen year old child by the throat & punches him in the face, and posters are cheering.

What is this thread, the Guy Earl of Warwick out of hours club?
This is absurd. An adult grabs a thirteen year old child by the throat & punches him in the face, and posters are cheering. What is this thread, the Guy Earl of Warwick out of hours club? goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -1

1:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Marty1979 says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
This is absurd. An adult grabs a thirteen year old child by the throat & punches him in the face, and posters are cheering.

What is this thread, the Guy Earl of Warwick out of hours club?
Perhaps many have been on the receiving end of loutish behaviour by chavs?
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: This is absurd. An adult grabs a thirteen year old child by the throat & punches him in the face, and posters are cheering. What is this thread, the Guy Earl of Warwick out of hours club?[/p][/quote]Perhaps many have been on the receiving end of loutish behaviour by chavs? Marty1979
  • Score: -1

5:07pm Thu 6 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Marty1979 wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote: This is absurd. An adult grabs a thirteen year old child by the throat & punches him in the face, and posters are cheering. What is this thread, the Guy Earl of Warwick out of hours club?
Perhaps many have been on the receiving end of loutish behaviour by chavs?
And you think that justifies assaulting a child?

The police obviously don't agree.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: This is absurd. An adult grabs a thirteen year old child by the throat & punches him in the face, and posters are cheering. What is this thread, the Guy Earl of Warwick out of hours club?[/p][/quote]Perhaps many have been on the receiving end of loutish behaviour by chavs?[/p][/quote]And you think that justifies assaulting a child? The police obviously don't agree. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

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