FIRST TRANSPORT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER GIVEN / £134 MILLION TO CLOSE LONDON’S TUBE TICKET OFFICES / BABY ON BOARD!
FIRST TRANSPORT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER GIVEN
Transport for London (TfL), in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), has obtained the country’s first transport focused Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for theft offences committed on the transport network.
A man who preyed on elderly and vulnerable victims was handed the CBO, which will last for five years, at Inner London Crown Court. This is in addition to a three years and four months jail sentence for each theft, to run concurrently.
In September 2014 he targeted a 90 year old woman on the bus network, stealing her purse – a Christmas present from her daughter of great sentimental value. In the same month he went on to steal a 67 year old bus passenger’s purse, which contained an irreplaceable memorial card from her husband’s funeral.
He had previously received an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) from the British Transport Police, which prevented him from using the London Underground after he committed similar offences.
The CBO imposed the following prohibitions, which if broken could result in further terms of imprisonment:
Boarding, attempting to board, queuing to board or travelling on any bus, Tube, train, tram or river bus operated by or on behalf of TfL without being in possession of and using a valid Oyster card with sufficient credit to travel and registered in his name and at his permanent home address;
Placing his hand in any person’s bag, pocket or article of clothing or interfering with any person’s bag or article of clothing not belonging to him, in any place within England and Wales.
Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-street Operations, said: `Thanks to the great work and partnership between TfL and the MPS RTPC, we have successfully prosecuted this cowardly individual. His act of preying on vulnerable, elderly victims was inexcusable.
“This is the first transport related CBO of this kind in the country, and it demonstrates that we are dedicated and committed to reducing crime on the network and ensuring the safety and security of all of our customers.”
Superintendent Robert Revill, Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), said: `The Roads and Transport Policing Command and Transport for London will continue to work together with our partners to achieve even lower crime, fewer victims, and increase the confidence of the travelling public.
“If you commit an offence, you will be caught and if convicted every avenue of punishment will be considered.’
The RTPC is a new, single police command created to further improve the safety and security of London’s roads, bus network and other surface transport services.
More than 2,300 police and police community support officers work closely with TfL making it the largest police command in the UK.
Despite record passengers numbers in 2013/14, crime across London’s transport network overall (including Tube, DLR and London buses) was down by over 11% compared to the previous year.
The rate of transport crime has fallen to under eight crimes per million passenger journeys – the lowest ever level.
On 20 October 2014 the Government introduced the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, which provides simpler, more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.
The Criminal Behaviour Order is issued by the courts once a conviction has been secured for a criminal offence. This order bans an individual from selected places and activities. A breach of this order could result in a prison term of up to five years. (Source: TfL press release.)
£134 MILLION TO CLOSE LONDON’S TUBE TICKET OFFICES
TfL documents have revealed that the Mayor of London’s plan to close all of London’s tube ticket offices will cost taxpayers almost £134m , say Labour.
London Assembly Labour group transport spokesperson Val Shawcross described the cost as “staggering” and said that “£134m of building works and ticket machines won’t make up for the loss of 897 station staff.”
A Labour group press release says the £133,925k funding to close 301 London underground ticket offices and install new equipment in ticket halls was detailed in papers for yesterday’s (Thursday) TfL finance and policy committee meeting.
“Alongside the ticket office closures, 897 staff are also set to be axed with many stations seeing significant cuts in their staffing levels. “The plan to close of all the capital’s tube ticket offices comes despite the Mayor previously pledging to protect all ticket offices from closure.
“Amongst other things the £134m will fund additional ticket machines in 27 stations, four new customer receptions and the conversion of 181 ticket offices for other uses.”
Val Shawcross said: “This argument isn’t about whether staff are based in ticket offices or not. “It is about whether there are enough staff in stations to provide the good service Londoners have come to expect, particularly the elderly and disabled who often rely more on station staff for assistance.
“The truth is a staggering £134m of building works and ticket machines won’t make up for the loss of 897 station staff.
“No matter how user friendly a ticket machine is they cannot provide the same level of advice and customer service that staff could.
“Coming only weeks after tube fares were hiked for the seventh year running many passengers will wonder why they are being asked to pay more money for less staff support on their journey.”
(Source: GLA Labour party press release).
BABY ON BOARD!
notonthehighstreet.com, the UK’s largest curated online marketplace, has become the first sponsor of London Underground’s (LU’s) Baby on Board badges in an exclusive three year deal.
The sponsorship deal will generate over £100,000 a year over the three year contract and is part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) . plans to generate £3.4bn in commercial revenue over the next ten years.
The revenue is reinvested back into improving London’s public transport and road networks and will help to bear down on fares.
The famous Baby on Board badge has proved a huge success with mums-to-be, with over 130,000 badges handed out for free each year.
The partnership aims to raise awareness of the badge even further and to make the experience of mums-to-be travelling on London’s transport network even easier.
The badge was first introduced in 2005 to help combat the awkwardness some mums-to-be feel if they have to ask someone to give up their seat.
The badge aims to encourage fellow passengers to help make pregnant women feel more comfortable when they are travelling by offering them a seat when they see someone wearing the badge.
The badge will retain its current famous design and will continue to be provided free by TfL. It is available through TfL’s website www.tfl.gov.uk/babyonboard as well as at all Tube stations. Dads-to-be as well as family and friends can collect or apply for a badge to give to an expectant mum.
(Source: TfL press release.)