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Extra police patrols for railway travellers in Northumberland

19 Dec 2016 09:00 AM

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Festive railway travellers will see extra police patrols in Northumberland during December.

Northumbria Police is teaming up with British Transport Police (BTP) in a joint operation to help support railways users during this busy time of year.

Officers will be on hand to help keep potentially vulnerable people safe when travelling, they will also be ready to tackle any anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Officers will be carrying out joint patrols in stations across Tynedale including Wylam, Hexham, Prudhoe, Riding Mill, Stocksfield, Corbridge, Haydon Bridge, Bardon Mill and Haltwhistle. They will also be travelling on trains working together to identify any vulnerable passengers who may need their help.

Northumbria Police Neighbourhood Sergeant Mick Quinn said: "This is one of the busiest times for the rail network and a lot of people will be travelling to visit family and friends over Christmas and New Year. This comes on top of the usual commuters and day trippers, plus Christmas shoppers who also use the railways.

"Tackling ASB is a priority for neighbourhood teams and the rail network is very much at the heart of the community in Northumberland. This is just one example of where neighbourhood policing teams have joined forces with partners at BTP to work effectively together to tackle ASB and reduce harm in the community and safeguard the vulnerable at this time of year.

"We know that Christmas and New Year can be a time to let your hair down and have fun, but we don't want this to cause problems for others. We want to make sure that partygoers who may be the worse for wear are safe when travelling, that they have friends with them who will keep an eye on them, that they don't come to harm or cause any harm to others. We're also making sure that travellers don't cause ASB and become a nuisance to other passengers, or the wider community.

"Our patrols are aimed at promoting safety for the travelling public but also preventing harm, including alcohol related violence. We want everyone to enjoy a safe and crime free journey so they can reach their destination and enjoy the festivities when they arrive home."

Inspector Gary Ashbridge from British Transport Police, said: “We want revellers and party-goers to have fun as they use the rail network this Christmas. But we also want to make sure everyone is safe and alongside our partners, we will have a zero tolerance policy towards crime and anti-social behaviour.“

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