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Transport for London (TfL) has installed ultraviolet (UV) light to clean the handrails on escalators at Heathrow T123 Tube station.
It will also install more than 200 sanitising devices on 110 escalators in the coming weeks.
Designed to supplement TfL's existing anti-viral cleaning regime, they are connected to the escalator handrail and use its motion to power a UV bulb that breaks down contamination to sanitise the surface continuously, TfL said.
Esther Sharples, Director of Asset Operations at London Underground, said: “We already have a rigorous cleaning regime across all of our stations but are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the transport network is as clean as it possibly can be.
"After a successful trial, we are now installing UV light devices to continuously clean more than 100 escalators on the Tube network.
"Customer injuries on escalators account for around half of all injuries on the Tube network and, during the pandemic, we have found that some customers are avoiding holding the handrails.
"We hope that the installation of these new devices, along with the provision of Dettol hand sanitiser across the network, will rebuild customer confidence.”
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Hundreds of people have been fined for dumping waste illegally in Hillingdon amounting to £134,000.
Hillingdon Council caught 336 offenders from August to October this year during three weeks of action, with rubbish found in bin bags, cardboard boxes and much more abandoned across 100 streets in the borough.
The top hotspots discovered were mainly in Hayes, in Coldharbour Lane, Station Road, East Avenue, Blyth Road, and Uxbridge Road – with incidents in Hayes and Hillingdon.
Each fly-tipper was fined £400.
The council also reported a 20 per cent decrease in fly-tipping cases between April and September 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.
But the targeted campaign by council officers signals a crackdown against fly-tippers compared to previous figures.
According to a Freedom of Information request, the number of fly-tipping cases in Hillingdon amounted to 6,300 cases from August 1 2019 to July 31, 2020.
But the data also revealed that the council’s anti-social behaviour team issued just 94 fines during that same period. This means a little as 1.5 per cent of offenders faced action over the crime.
The hiked campaign over the last three months comes as part of the council’s bid to tackle the issue, and the authority has been targeting streets across the borough to raise awareness of “good waste management” by residents and businesses.
Hillingdon’s environment boss cllr Philip Corthorne, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our neighbourhoods, created by a small minority, who think this behaviour is acceptable. However, thanks to the majority of our residents, who are disposing of waste properly and also our dedicated teams who are enforcing the law, I am pleased that we have seen a reduction in incidents.
"Fly-tipping isn’t just criminal – it is also harmful to the environment and costs the council to clear it up, which is completely unacceptable. We will continue to issue fines to those who continue to flout the rules. There is no excuse for this behaviour, as we provide various services for people to dispose of their waste legally.”
By Richard Watson
The Metropolitan Police have begun their annual autumn campaign to crack down on violence and anti-social behaviour, with a range of operational activity planned for London over the next three weeks.
The Autumn Nights campaign will target violence in particular, with officers active across the capital at a time of year when crime rates typically increase.
Met Commander Jane Connors said the period around Halloween and Bonfire Night, when increased numbers of people took to the streets after dark, was a time in which many people felt vulnerable.
"We know that traditionally at this time of year we see an increase in anti-social behaviour and we start to see a small rise in the levels of violence," Ms Connors said.
"So what we're here to do is make sure that we reassure the communities that we're here to keep them safe, give them crime prevention advice, and make sure we stay on top of any anti-social behaviour and any violence, which is our number one priority.
"What that includes is local safe neighbourhood officers, who will be going around to make sure they give crime-prevention advice, speaking to people who may be vulnerable or scared, particularly at Halloween and Bonfire Night.
"That's the time of year we get anti-social behaviour, and people do get worried."
Officers would also increase their presence through targeted patrols in areas expected to be particularly affected by violence and anti-social behaviour, Ms Connors said.
The grandmother of a two year old boy who was shot in the head in Harlesden has appealed to anyone with information on the attack to come forward.
By Tom Burridge
Transport correspondent, BBC News
The £500k trial could eventually carry coronavirus samples and tests between hospitals and labs.