15:00 Tuesday 13 November 2012

Police train their sights on Stortford station for crooks

Written byEleanor Patmore

POLICE are keeping track of criminals coming into Bishop’s Stortford as part of a series of operations centred on the town’s train station. 

(l-r) PCSO Leon De Bruyn, Special Constable Matt Barton, Sgt David Cooke and PC Mark Collins
(l-r) PCSO Leon De Bruyn, Special Constable Matt Barton, Sgt David Cooke and PC Mark Collins

More than 20 officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and British Transport Police were involved in Operation Transit in a bid to catch offenders travelling into Stortford to commit crimes such as shoplifting, purse dipping and burglary.

Officers in uniform as well as plain clothes patrolled the station entrances in Dane Street and London Road, while a specialist drugs dog sniffed out those carrying suspicious substances.

Bike patrols were also sent out into the town centre and crime prevention advice was handed out to members of the public.

PC Craig Thornalley, who organised the exercise, said: “The operation was successful and reported crime levels in the town centre that day were very low.

“The highly-trained drugs dog detected the suspected presence of controlled drugs on numerous members of the public unaware that the dog was on patrol at the station.

“One male was dealt with for having a bladed article on him. People without a valid ticket were also dealt with by Revenues Inspectors.”

Last Thursday’s (November 8) Operation Transit will be repeated twice more in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

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