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07.06.13

BTP launch crackdown on ticket fraud

British Transport Police (BTP) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Safer Transport Command have launched an operation to reduce fraud at Stratford station.

Working with Greater Anglia and TfL, officers checked passenger’s tickets and made 14 arrests. 11 people had counterfeit tickets, one was arrested for travel fraud, one for immigration offences and one for being wanted on warrant for a previous offence.

BTP’s PC Karl Jones said: “Over the past few months, train operating companies have noticed an increase in counterfeit tickets being used across the rail network in the capital.

“In order to tackle this, Revenue Protection Inspectors from Greater Anglia and TfL, supported by BTP and Metropolitan Police officers, were at the station, checking all passengers’ tickets and travel cards.”

Siwan Hayward, acting director of community safety, enforcement and policing, TfL said: “We take all forms of fraud very seriously, the positive results of this operation clearly demonstrate how we are working with our policing partners to tackle fraud across the transport network.

“We take robust action against anyone found using, distributing or manufacturing counterfeit tickets, with our Revenue Protection Inspectors working closely with the MPS, BTP and train operating companies.”

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “We are working closely with the police and TfL to reduce fraudulent travel, for the benefit of the vast majority of our customers, who do pay their fares.”

PC Jones added: “We will continue to work closely with rail companies to ensure that those who seek to make financial gain in this way are brought to justice.”

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Comments

Stella Dyer   08/06/2013 at 10:24

It's good that the BTP are working to resolve this problem. But maybe if fares were lower then it would be less profitable for the criminals, and so the problem would reduce?

Ricp   09/06/2013 at 11:09

There is nothing new in a TOC doing a purge with BTP a major station like Stratford. It is hardly News for a national technical journal like Rail Technology Mag! The Newham Recorder maybe, perhaps the Evening Standard ...... Perhaps Greater Anglia Abellio should be doing a bit more themselves to sell tickets from those old-fashioned facilities called a Booking Office, but these cost money as you need a member of staff to man it, and that person might be a militant leftie RMT member. Oh Dear! This sloppy management is all too prevalent in profit centred TOCs.

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