Police target fare dodgers as part of safer transport operation

Tower Hamlets police are out and about on the borough’s public transport today (December 8) to inform people about personal safety while travelling.

Officers are handing out leaflets to commuters while plain clothes officers are targeting fare dodgers.

In total 80 police and community support officers have visited underground stations at Aldgate East, Canary Wharf and Mile End as part of Operation Fusion, which will continue into this evening.

Council enforcement officers were also on the look-out for illegal traders in the borough’s markets.

A council ‘Community Bus’ which residents could go on to get safety tips visited Grove Road.


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Andy Bamber, the council’s head of community safety, said: “Through our joint action days we’re helping residents to feel even safer, while sending a clear message to criminals that their bad behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Insp Myles Allen from the Safer Transport Team, based in Bow, said: “This was an important day as police and our partners committed a lot of resources to make this operation worthwhile.

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“We had three aims; reassurance, engagement and enforcement and I think we have achieved them all.”

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