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Safety boost for Sunderland Metro passengers

Metro poster
Image caption Posters will be put up at stations on the Sunderland extension of the Metro

A campaign to make Metro passengers feel more safe on the Sunderland branch of the Metro line is due to begin.

British Transport Police (BTP) has said that while crime figures have dropped, low level anti-social behaviour can still make people feel unsafe.

Posters will be put up, and there will be additional patrols on trains from Monday.

Officers will also hand out leaflets, and provide crime prevention advice, in a bid to reassure passengers.

Nexus, the system's operator, the BTP, and the Safer Sunderland Partnership have joined forces for the campaign.

Ch Supt Terry Nicholson, of British Transport Police, said: "Crime on the Sunderland Metro has nearly halved in the past five years which is great news for passengers and rail staff.

"However through research we know that sometimes incidents of low level anti-social behaviour can make members of the public and rail staff feel unsafe.

"Being safe and feeling safe are equally important, which is why we are focusing our efforts on high visibility police presence on the Metro to reinforce the message and address some of the anxieties that people may have."

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