Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Special Way to Derail Villains

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Special Way to Derail Villains

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Teesside train conductors are being urged to sign up as special constables to help derail crooks.

Arriva Trains Northern wants to beef up security on its trains to combat football thugs, drug-related crime and vandals.

The company has joined forces with the British Transport Police and wants to encourage its workers to become volunteer police officers.

Nine Teesside workers have applied to become special constables who will also be involved in supporting conductors to make train passengers and Arriva staff feel safer.

Deployment locations have yet to be decided but British Transport Police Inspector Graham Bridges said: "Volunteers will go through a rigorous recruitment process by ourselves to assess their suitability for the role.

"Following on from this they will undergo an intensive two-week residential training programme which will prepare them for their initial duties. Our hope is to have our first recruits out on the network by the early summer. …

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