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British Transport Police has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep passengers and staff safe while using the railway.
Running from July 18 to 22, ASB Awareness Week 2022 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK involving police forces, councils, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.
Throughout the week, BTP will be highlighting its work to support passengers and staff as they use the rail network.
Every day, officers throughout England, Wales and Scotland are patrolling the railway network, ensuring there’s a visible presence at major transport hubs to deter crime and reassure passengers.
BTP also has a significant capacity to respond to incidents, using the wealth of CCTV across the transport network to identify offenders and carry out arrests.
The Force strongly encourages anyone who witnesses or is a victim to crime to report it using the text service 61016. In an emergency always dial 999.
T/Superintendent David Rams, the ASB portfolio lead for BTP said: “Anti-social behaviour is one of the more common types of crime experienced on the railway. This can involve situations that make a person feel threatened, such as drunkenness or aggressive shouting while travelling by train or waiting on a platform.
“Our message is that no one has to put up with anti-social behaviour. Everyone has the right to travel in peace and safety, and we encourage anyone who experiences anything that threatens this to report it by texting BTP on 61016.”