Crime crackdown on railways

A CRACKDOWN on crime by British Transport Police (BTP) has been hailed a success.

A CRACKDOWN on crime by British Transport Police (BTP) has been hailed a success.

Operation Tranquility was held over seven days across the South West and was aimed at crimes such as assault, robbery, sexual offences and antisocial behaviour on the rail network.

BTP officers from the Wales and Western sector dealt with 115 people during the crackdown and more than 90 extra patrols were carried out.

Eight people were dealt with for public order offences, 10 people were dealt with for travel fraud, nine people were done for trespassing, 29 were found to have carried out drugs offences and seven people were spoken to after staff assaults.

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Chief inspector Kevin Marshall, who co-ordinated Operation Tranquility, said: "This has been another very successful week of action for BTP's Wales and Western area. "Not only did we detect well over 100 offences, we also managed to reduce recorded crime and provide much-increased visibility across the entire Wales and Western area.

"I feel certain that members of the travelling public and rail staff will feel reassured and safer by the amount of high visibility policing that is taking place."

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The initiative ran from September 21-27.

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