Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Tram Surf' Youngsters Are Brought to Justice

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Tram Surf' Youngsters Are Brought to Justice

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YOUTHS who caused mayhem on the Metrolink network by throwing rocks at passengers and 'tram surfing' are being brought to justice.

A total of 10 youngsters, aged between nine and 14, were involved in two high profile incidents of anti-social behaviour on trams last month (June).

Rocks were thrown at three trams, injuring one passenger, on June 14 - causing the Rochdale via Oldham line to grind to a halt.

Then, on June 30, three teens aged between 14 and 15 were caught tram surfing - clinging to the outside of the carriage - while it went through the city centre.

The offenders were caught using CCTV, a spokesman for TFGM said.

Police and Metrolink bosses issued a stark safety warning that tram surfing was becoming a dangerous craze after a number of similar incidents were reported to them following that incident.

The TravelSafe Partnership, which deals with crime, anti-social behaviour and fare evasion on the Metrolink, are dealing with the youths through the restorative justice system.

Restorative justice focuses on rehabilitating offenders by getting them engaged in the community and meeting victims.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said it is too early in the process to say whether the offenders will meet their victims or what form any community service element may take. Deputy Mayor for policing and crime, Bev Hughes, said: "Restorative Justice is a method whereby offenders are confronted with the impact of their crime and that can be a powerful deterrent to committing further offences, especially to young people. …

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