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A teenager behind a spate of senseless vandalism on National Express buses has been making amends by cleaning up after passengers.

05/02/2018

A teenager behind a spate of senseless vandalism on National Express buses has been making amends by cleaning up after passengers.The 16-year-old, from Rowley Regis, carried out 19 hours of restorative justice after he slashed seats on National Express buses.  During a three week period in August and September last year, the teenager struck ni...

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Police appeal

31/01/2018

Police are appealing to trace this man, can you help?Officers want to identify this man after a bus inspector was assaulted on the number 937. The incident happened on Newtown Row, Birmingham at around 6pm on Wednesday 13th December. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Dave Ward from Safer Travel on d.c.ward@west-m...

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Woman charged with assaulting police community support officers (PCSO’s)

29/01/2018

Woman charged with assaulting police community support officers (PCSO’s) A woman has been charged with assaulting two Safer Travel PCSO’s after being stopped at Coventry Bus station on Thursday (25 January) at around 3.40pm. Emma Pullen, was approached after making offensive gestures towards the officers. At which point she became verball...

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Buses in the West Midlands have more CCTV cameras than any other mode of transport.

22/01/2018

A senior West Midlands Police officer says he is “staggered” that anyone does anything wrong on a bus - because CCTV pictures are so clear nowadays. Detective Inspector Warren Hines of West Midlands Police CID homicide investigation team praised the quality of the CCTV footage used in the case of the fatal stabbing on the number 11 bus in Ja...

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Happy New Year

02/01/2018

Happy New Year!  The Safer Travel team are starting off the New Year with a focus on improving safety on public transport.  We have created a Passenger Code of Conduct for students to re-enforce our expectations of acceptable behaviour. We kindly ask any schools/ colleges to display the poster, distribute via newsletters or put o...

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Increased police presence to ensure passenger safety to Birmingham’s German Market

21/12/2017

Increased police presence to ensure passenger safety to Birmingham’s German MarketWith only days until Christmas, extra police are patrolling the public transport network to welcome millions of shoppers into Birmingham city centre for the city’s famous German market.High-visibility patrols on the city’s bus, train and tram network under Operati...

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West Midlands Fire Service teams up to Safer Travel Restorative Justice project

23/11/2017

A groundbreaking scheme teaching young people the error of their ways rather than putting them before the courts has got the firefighters on board. West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has joined West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership’s Restorative Justice programme, and their work is already seeing results. This scheme cuts reoffending by...

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Teenage bus vandal hit with £2,000 costs order

25/10/2017

A teenager has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 for a spate of “senseless” criminal damage that saw him slash bus seats and steal on-board security cameras.The 16-year-old, from Rowley Regis, struck nine times over a three-week period in August and September on National Express buses in the Halesowen and Stourbridge area.Officers from West Midl...

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Safer Travel heads back to school

30/08/2017

Safer Travel heads back to schoolBosses at West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership have praised Birmingham schoolchildren after a successful end-of-term police operation to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Safer Travel is now gearing up for the back-to-school season.Operation Vilis was carried out on 20-21 July and saw police officers meet with...

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Safer Travel & CCTV room helps relocate bike with owner!

30/08/2017

Safer Travel & CCTV room helps relocate bike with owner! The CCTV control room, based at Centro house, holds more than 1,500 cameras and can access CCTV from around the West Midlands and Transport Hubs; monitoring and replaying CCTV when called upon.  Eagle eyed Alex, from Man Commercial was able to replay footage of a bike thief and fol...

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