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Rail marshalls set to police main line trains

PUBLISHED: 15:16 20 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

POLICE officers have been brought in to patrol trains a main line railway through East London to tackle rising crime and anti-social behaviour. They are on patrol with cameras in their helmets to record footage rather like CCTV coverage, following pressure from the public on services between Maryland and Shenfield. The patrols are out to curb anti-social behaviour, fare evasion and vandalism on trains which stop at busy stations such as Forest Gate, Ilford and Romford

Mike Brooke

POLICE have been brought in to patrol trains on the Liverpool Street main line through East London with cameras in their helmets to tackle rising crime and yob behaviour.

They are using the head cams’ to record footage rather like CCTV coverage.

The patrols have been introduced by British Transport Police and National Express East Anglia, following pressure from the public on services between Maryland-Stratford and Shenfield in Essex.

The patrols are out to curb anti-social behaviour, fare evasion and vandalism on trains which stop at busy stations such as Forest Gate, Ilford and Romford.

The scheme is also intended as a visible deterrent to yobs looking for trouble, as well as provide reassurance to passengers.

“We have listened to passengers’ concerns,” said the rail company’s Metro business director Clive Morris. “We’re working with police to improve services for the communities we serve.”

The patrols have been introduced after a similar scheme on the Colchester-to-Clacton services earlier this year.

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