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01.05.12

New anti-social behaviour initiative launched

East Midlands Trains and the British Transport Police (BTP) have launched a new initiative to help reduce anti-social behaviour on the Robin Hood Line.

The ‘code of conduct’ reminds passengers of existing railway regulations in place to dissuade behaviour such as the culture of loitering and drinking alcohol on stations and trains that could lead to more serious crimes being committed.

BTP will be undertaking additional patrols along the route to enforce the initiative and signs displaying the code of conduct will be displayed at every station on the line. Announcements will also be made on services arriving into and departing from Nottingham station.

Stuart Maltby, crime prevention manager for East Midlands Trains said: “We are focused on providing a railway that our passengers enjoy and feel safe to travel on. The vast majority of our customers behave very well when travelling with us.

“However, in the past we have had some issues with passengers displaying anti-social behaviour on the Robin Hood line, particularly on late night trains returning back from Nottingham, and this is not fair on our staff or other passengers.
“We’re hoping the launch of this new initiative will make offenders think twice about their behaviour when travelling with us.”
Inspector Mark Clements from the BTP, said: “Anti-social and criminal behaviour has no place on the railway and this code of conduct will help us to reinforce this message.

“Officers will be increasing patrols to take action against anyone who seeks to cause trouble for others by engaging in anti-social behaviour, misusing alcohol, loitering at stations or acting in a criminal manner.

“Anyone who steps out of line can expect to be dealt with swiftly and robustly – everyone has the right to travel on the railway without the fear of crime and we will do all we can to ensure this is the case.”

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