Bus users welcome metal detectors at station
31 January 2013
AIRPORT style metal detectors popped-up at West Bromwich bus station yesterday (Wednesday 30 January) as a police blitz on knife crime continued.
Around 500 commuters of all ages passed through the portable devices - known by police as knife arches – in just four hours.
The session, organised by local officers and transport police, was the latest push in West Midlands Police’s new anti-knife crime campaign, Knives End Lives.
The campaign focuses on the serious ramifications of carrying a knife and highlights that under joint enterprise rules, prosecutors have the power to bring before the courts people who were present when a crime was committed so that all face the same serious charges.
Bus users welcomed the move with one man, who didn’t want to be named, saying: “It’s good to see the police doing things like this. It makes you feel safer.”
Sergeant Adrian Brown from the Safer Travel team said: “The decision to set up the knife arches in West Bromwich wasn’t based on there being large instances of knife crime in the town but part of an ongoing and broader safety programme which will be replicated at bus, tram and train stations across the entire West Midlands in the coming days.
“The public were really pleased to see us. The metal detectors proved a great talking point which provided us with an opportunity to tell people about the Knives End Lives campaign and set the record straight about just how safe the buses are and how knife crime generally is falling.”
No knives or other illegal items were recovered in the operation. No arrests were made.
Safer Travel is a partnership between West Midlands Police, British Transport Police and Centro, he West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive, which promotes and develops public transport across the West Midlands.
Together they work to crack crime and anti-social behaviour on the bus, tram and train network.
People can report people they suspect of carrying a weapon to police on 101. In an emergency, they should dial 999. Alternatively, those who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information on the Knives End Lives campaign, visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk
Photograph shows officers at a similar operation at the old Wolverhampton bus station.
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