British Transport Police officers conducted a series of high-visibility operations at railway stations across North Wales over a four-day period, in a bid to target anti-social behaviour on the rail network.
On February 6, 8, 10 and 11, BTP officers based in North Wales stepped up patrols to provide reassurance to passengers and rail staff, and to target anyone intent on taking part in anti-social behaviour on the region’s railways.
Officers dealt with a number of offences including abuse towards members of rail staff, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of drugs, ticketing irregularities and urinating on railway property.
BTP Inspector Dai Davies said the dedicated patrols, on top of normal policing initiatives in place in North Wales, were organised in conjunction with partners in the railway industry.
“We launched these operations in response to feedback from out industry partners and to send out a clear message that any form of anti social behaviour won’t be tolerated on the North Wales rail network,” Insp Davies said.
Officers were deployed across the network, providing visible reassurance to members of the public who use the stations – particularly later in the evening.
Insp Davies added: “Operations such as these are an excellent opportunity for us to engage with the local community, passengers and rail staff who rightly expect a safe and secure rail network.
“The initiative was a success but it’s important that members of the local community continue to tell us about any concerns they have in their area, as this allows us to identify any problems and set about tackling them.
“Crime on the railways in North Wales remains low but our priority is to make sure that people who use the network are not only safe, but feel safe.
“Operations like this will continue, reassuring rail customers and underlining our commitment to their safety and security.”
Ben Davies, external liaison manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “We are very pleased to work with BTP to enhance existing high levels of passenger safety.
“The operation by BTP in North Wales was carried out following consultation with the railway network and the feedback we have already received from commuters has been very positive.”
Larry Davies, Conwy community rail officer, said: “This is a great example of joint working to ensure the railway remains a safe place for passengers. We look forward to working closely with BTP and ATW in the future on similar initiatives.”