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Tower Hamlets Mayor welcomes extra police for Night Tube on Central Line to tackle yobs

PUBLISHED: 20:19 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 20:34 19 August 2016

Night Tube Roundel at Oxford Circus [photo: Mike Garnett]

Night Tube Roundel at Oxford Circus [photo: Mike Garnett]

Mike Garnett

Hundreds of police officers being drafted in to cope with the London Underground running 24 hours through the night and tomorrow on the Central Line has been welcomed in east London by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Bethnal Green Underground stationBethnal Green Underground station

Both the Central and the Victoria are operating round-the-clock each Friday and Saturday as part of an expansion of Tube services, with other lines likely to follow next month.

Passengers in east London will be able use the Central after midnight from Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green, Mile End and Stratford stations, all the way out to Hainault and Loughton—and to the West End—along with the Victoria from Walthamstow to Brixton.

The all-night Central will boost the East End’s ‘night time economy’ around Brick Lane and Spitalfields—but there are concerns about yobs.

Anti-social activity has been a public issue on the impact the Night Tube in east London. So Transport police are to patrol trains and stations.

Mayor John Biggs at Central Line's Bethnal Green Tube station [photo: Mike Brooke]Mayor John Biggs at Central Line's Bethnal Green Tube station [photo: Mike Brooke]

“We must be vigilant to make sure the Night Tube doesn’t lead to anti-social behaviour,” Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said.

“Additional police officers being deployed will help the public feel safe and make sure people living near to nightlife hotspots (like Spitalfields and Shoreditch) don’t face additional disruption.”

Patrolling police officers are being supported by rapid-response vehicles in case of emergency.

Negotiations have been finally settled with the rail unions and TfL after 12 months to get a night-time Tube service on track—like New York’s all-night Subway trains.

Central Line now running all night Fridays and SaturdaysCentral Line now running all night Fridays and Saturdays

The Mayor of London rides the first Night Train for tonight’s launch from Brixton on the Victoria Line to Oxford Circus where it interchanges with the Central.

The Barnardo’s children’s charity, meanwhile, has issued an appeal for shift-workers using the new Night Tube to keep a lookout for youngsters at risk of sexual “perpetrators”.

The east London charity’s chief executive, Javed Khan, said: “Perpetrators target young people in bars, clubs and taxi-ranks—so we want night-time workers to be vigilant and report signs of sexual exploitation and abuse.”

Barnardo’s has been training night workers, including TfL staff, for “more active roles” to protect youngsters from exploitation and abuse at night.

It is calling on anyone with concerns about children being abused to “call social services or police if a child is in danger”.

The deployment of extra Transport police tonight is part of a £3.4 million investment by TfL for policing the Night Tube, covering 51 stations that will be open on the Central and Victoria lines throughout the weekend.

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