Extra patrols at London's busy transport hubs during the festive season

Officers will step up patrols at Victoria, Paddington, St Pancras and Stratford on Thursday, 20 and Friday, 21 December.

British Transport Police (BTP) officer in London

BTP and the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Command (STC) will be working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to promote safer travel on London's transport network and reduce the fear of crime.

While many people finish their Christmas shopping and enjoy Christmas parties, officers will be giving out travel safety advice, deterring potential offenders, and reminding passengers to act responsibly and respect staff while travelling. They will also be highlighting the dangers of using unbooked minicabs and targeting illegal cab drivers.

Superintendent Gareth Williams said: “Our officers want to ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves in the lead up to Christmas without being subjected to antisocial behaviour or assaults.”

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport, TfL, and the current chair of the London Transport Community Safety Partnership, said: “This operation is a great example of the partnership between the BTP, the Metropolitan Police Service and TfL.

“We want everyone to enjoy themselves but ask that people plan their journey home in advance and also to respect their fellow passengers when travelling.”

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