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Spit kits will help police tackle bus crime

PUBLISHED: 13:39 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 05 October 2010

BUS drivers have been issued with DNA spit’ kits to help prosecute yobs involved in attacks on transport staff. The driver will be able to use the kit to take a DNA sample of the suspect.

BUS drivers have been issued with DNA 'spit' kits to help prosecute yobs involved in attacks on transport staff.

The driver will be able to use the kit to take a DNA sample of the suspect.

There were 1,000 recorded incidents of spitting on London's buses last year alone, including attacks on drivers.

"Spitting at drivers is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," warned TfL's Community Safety and Enforcement chief Steve Burton.

"These kits mean drivers can collect the DNA evidence for prosecution. There is far too much abuse and spitting."

The kits have already been used on the London Underground which have helped identify three-out- of-four yobs whose saliva samples were sent to the Police National Database for analysis.

New guidelines for the courts have recommended tougher sentences for those who assault those working in public including or transport services.


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