Councillors join TravelSafe team on another successful operation on Metrolink's Bury line
Local councillors joined a special TravelSafe Partnership operation on Metrolink’s Bury line this week to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour and give passengers the confidence to travel safely.
Metrolink staff engaged with 570 passengers at the Bury and Radcliffe tram stops on Wednesday 3 November alongside Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers.
They were also joined by Radcliffe councillors Carol Birchmore and Mike Smith and a youth team from Bury Council.
A 27-year-old man was arrested and fined for a public order offence and 21 penalty fares were handed out to people travelling on the network without a valid ticket.
Officers also carried out two stop and searches and a man found in possession of a controlled drug was issued 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.”
The operation was the latest in a series of intelligence-led TravelSafe interventions across the public transport network and formed part of a wider response to an incident at Radcliffe Metrolink stop on Sunday 10 October, as well as reports of youth-related antisocial behaviour in the area.
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.
Chief Inspector Jamie Collins from the Bury Neighbourhood team at GMP said: “The operation is now in its second week, and it’s incredibly pleasing to see the continuation of positive results following concerns of antisocial behaviour.
“We will continue to work alongside partners to tackle the issue to and proactively target those involved, as this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. We acknowledge the distress it is causing and we will continue to take robust action against those responsible.”
The TravelSafe Partnership is also responsible for promoting safe travel and engaging with passengers about coronavirus rules and guidance.
Officers and staff dedicate around 5,000 hours a week patrolling stops and services throughout the day and night, seven days a week. Around 3,800 CCTV cameras, in place across the public transport network, are also monitored 24/7.
Councillor Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for children’s services, young people and skills at Bury Council, said: “This is the second time our youth team have taken part in this initiative, and it’s part of our wider approach across the borough to engage young people.
“We undertake partnership with the police and TfGM to support them when dealing with young people and better improve relationships.”
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