Police join forces to tackle railway crime in Hastings

Police at Warrior Square train station.
Police at Warrior Square train station.

Hastings police and British Transport Police (BTP) have run a joint operation at St Leonards Warrior and Hastings train stations targeting criminals on the railways.

Police officers worked alongside rail enforcement and revenue officers carrying out stop checks to ensure travellers were carrying valid tickets.

The joint operation resulted in 74 penalty notices issued to people with no ticket, seven people receiving summons for ticket fraud, one person arrested for fare evasion and another for possession of cannabis and cultivation.

A beggar and a person drinking alcohol were instructed to leave and someone who was swearing at a police officer was removed for unacceptable behaviour.

PC Simon Knight, Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “This was a really positive experience and the excellent results reflect that this joint operation was a success. We will be working with BTP again in the near future.”

Sergeant Mark Wells from British Transport Police said: “We are determined to ensure passengers enjoy a safe and crime free journey.

“This operation was to deter a small number of people who abuse the system or fail to pay for the train service.

“This operation has highlighted the effectiveness of Sussex Police and BTP working together to fight crime.”

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