Crack Down Planned To Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour On Chichester Rail Network

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Operation Petra brings together Chichester District Council, the British Transport Police, Sussex Police, Rail companies, the fire service and Stagecoach buses in joint days of action.

 

Operation Petra brings together Chichester District Council, the British Transport Police, Sussex Police, Rail companies, the fire service and Stagecoach buses in joint days of action.

Officers will be patrolling and responding to incidents at stations and on the trains, as well as supporting station staff.

This latest action builds on a successful operation that took place in the summer and will see more officers heading towards Emsworth and Havant and out of the district to Bognor Regis.

The previous operation allowed officers to assist at Barnham where a group were trying to get through the barriers without tickets, as well as linking up with station managers along the route and increasing visibility of British Transport Police so that station officers felt more supported. Meanwhile the district council's Community Wardens were involved in monitoring the area around Avenue De Chartres car park, a popular route for accessing the railway station and when arriving at Chichester.

"Helping people to feel and stay safe is a priority for us — and it is something that we are constantly working on with our partners. Operation Petra is a great example of this," says Councillor Tracie Bangert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Chichester District Council.

"These operations take place at various times throughout the year to support station managers and take action against those who may be causing trouble or trying to jump the barriers without tickets. Making sure that residents and visitors feel safe travelling in and out of the district is vital. This is why joint action days such as these are so important."

People can find out more about the work Chichester District Council do on safety in the community by visiting our Community Safety webpage


 

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