Search

Police investigation launched after Upminster under 16s football match ends with ‘acid’ attacks

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 February 2017

Starch House Lane playing fields, the home of Shield Academy FC. Picture: Google Maps.

Starch House Lane playing fields, the home of Shield Academy FC. Picture: Google Maps.

Archant

A teenager has been arrested after an under 16s football match turned ugly and resulted in two teenagers and a man being squirted in the face with a “noxious substance”.

The attacks happened in Virgina Gardens, Barkingside, just before 2pm on Sunday.

Three people ended up in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Essex FA has confirmed it received a “misconduct report” following an under 16s match between Shield Academy and Upminster Park Rovers, which was played at Starch House Lane Playing Fields.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called to Virgina Gardens, Ilford on Sunday at approximately 1.45pm to a report of two people who had been assaulted.

“Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and established that the victims, two males aged 47 and 16 had a noxious substance thrown in their face.

“The assault took place as the victims were sitting in a car and occurred following a football match.”

Following this incident, officers received another report of a 15-year-old in High Street, Barkingside, also having a noxious substance squirted in his face.

Officers believe the two attacks were linked.

It led to a 16-year-old boy being arrested on Sunday. He has been bailed until mid-April.

Echo Junior Football League general secretary Iris Fraser confirmed an investigation has been launched.

She said: “I can confirm the matter is currently being investigated by the police, Essex County FA and our league.

“Until such time as the matter has been fully investigated, there is nothing further I can add other than to reassure other teams that we have taken immediate action.”

One coach in the league who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s incredibly scary. It’s a premeditated attack.

“I am just hoping the league takes swift action.”

Shield Academy did not respond to the Recorder’s request for comment.

Latest Romford News Stories

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The London Borough of Havering have for decades paid more for our services than inner London areas who have received much larger grants from central government, compared to outer London areas.

Yesterday, 15:00

The creation of the National Health Service in 1948 was not universally welcomed, as Prof Ged Martin discovered

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Fri, 17:30

A musical variety group that spent more than 50 years performing in hospitals and care homes, still meets up to reminisce about the days of musical festivities and fundraising.

Fri, 17:28

Police in Hertfordshire are appealing to members of the public in Havering for help in tracking down a wanted man they believe is in the Romford area.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now