New scheme announced to tackle anti-social behaviour at North Wales railway stations
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Those who are constantly involved in anti-social behaviour are set to be banned from a number of railway stations across North Wales.
The Withdrawal of Implied Permission (WIP) scheme, which has been introduced by Transport for Wales and supported by British Transport Police, will target persistent offenders at stations at Holyhead, Bangor, Colwyn Bay and Prestatyn.
The scheme can also be used for those who continually loiter in and around stations or cause problems by persistent and aggressive begging.
The scheme was introduced at the beginning of September and will last indefinitely, with other stations being added if necessary.
Those who persistently act in an anti-social manner in these areas will be handed a notice which will ban them from hanging around the station. Those who breach the notice will be liable for arrest.
PCSO Dumbell, from British Transport Police, said:
“Passengers, customers and employees at stations should be able to go about their business in a safe and welcoming environment. We know that anti-social behaviour can be intimidating and scary. The introduction of this scheme is another way in which we can tackle this important issue.
“It only takes a persistent few people to create wider problems and we are determined to do all we can to tackle anti-social behaviour in and around these stations to ensure the safety of all. Anyone who witnesses or experiences anti-social behaviour while travelling can text us discreetly on 61016.”
Transport for Wales, North-West Wales Station Manager, Andrew Baker, added:
“The Withdrawal of Implied Permission scheme will give confidence to our staff and commuters that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
“People who cause long term problems and issues will be dealt with.”