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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Extra police on Newcastle to Carlisle train

Railway police are increasing their presence on trains travelling from Newcastle to Carlisle following concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Officers will become a regular fixture aboard the Friday and Saturday evening trains as part of a pilot project.

British Transport Police have already taken steps to reduce disorder on these services – including banning alcohol – and figures show that incidents are reducing.

But following fresh talks with rail users and Hexham MP Guy Opperman, they have agreed to launch a three-month pilot project.

This will see an increased police presence on the trains, with BTP officers potentially riding on the 7.25pm and 9.18pm Newcastle to Carlisle trains on both Friday and Saturday nights. The exact details are still being finalised.

Passengers are also being encouraged to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, with a text number being made available so people can do so anonymously.

The last Newcastle to Carlisle trains are popular with those from Carlisle and west Cumbria travelling to the north east for a day of shopping, dining and drinking.

However there have been a number of alcohol-fuelled incidents in recent years.

The last Carlisle to Whitehaven service has also become “dry trains” following similar drink-fuelled problems.

Mr Opperman said he regularly receives complaints from constituents in Hexham returning from Newcastle.

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