Metrolink staff and Greater Manchester Police officers were joined by local councillors on Wednesday 3rd November for another TravelSafe Partnership operation on the Bury line to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour to give passengers the confidence to travel safely.
570 passengers were engaged with at Bury and Radcliffe stops with a 27 year old man arrested and fined for a public order offence and 21 penalty fares handed out to people travelling without a valid ticket. Two stop and searches were undertaken by Police officers and a man found in possession of a controlled drug was given a street warning. A 15 year old boy was also spoken to after members of the public raised concerns.
Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for policing, crime, criminal justice and fire, said: “This operation should reassure passengers whilst sending a clear message to those committing crime and antisocial behaviour on our transport network that this behaviour will not be tolerated. The strengthened visible presence of TravelSafe officers and police activity shows that we are taking robust action in response to recent issues, and I thank the public for their support.”
Travelsafe teams will continue to be deployed across hot-spot areas as part of ongoing specialist operations alongside the GMP Transport Unit and district policing teams.