Extra police patrols on festive East Midlands trains

British Transport Police (BTP) have launched an operation to combat anti-social behaviour in railway stations and on trains.

Stations across the East Midlands will be targeted as part of Operation Garland which will run throughout December and into January.

The aim is to ensure the rail network remains a safe place to travel and work throughout the festive season.

Extra officers will patrol trains and stations across the region, BTP said.

Personal safety

Ch Insp David Oram, of BTP, said: "We understand that at this time of year, with Christmas fast approaching, people will be out at parties and will be consuming alcohol.

"And drink can also make you a target. If you have consumed excessive amounts of alcohol your awareness is diminished as is you ability to properly gauge a situation.

"We do not want to ruin Christmas for anybody, but will not tolerate any behaviour that is anti-social or threatens the safety of others.

"Officers will be on the lookout for anyone causing trouble on the railway and will not hesitate to take action against anyone caught doing so."

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