Extra patrols on county rail network reassures passengers

Preston Rail Station
Preston Rail Station
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Extra officers were deployed across Lancashire’s rail network this weekend as high visibility patrols took place at key stations.

Three Special Constables, Michael McCartan, Rachel Bond, Joseph Bloomfield and acting Special Sergeant Jennifer Leach, who all have links to the University of Central Lancashire, teamed up with regular British Transport Police officers to reassure passengers and staff at stations in the county.

Concentrating on late night services from Lancaster to Barrow in Furness and Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe, the officers were on hand to assist rail staff and passengers.

Sgt Tom Nicholls said: “In the run up to Christmas, services are naturally busier than usual and patrols such as this help reassure the public about using the railways late at night.

“We want people to feel safe and we will be keeping our eyes open for any instances of anti-social or criminal behaviour.”

At Preston Railway Station the officers assisted Virgin train staff with a ticket check.

Acting Special Sergeant Jennifer Leach said: “We will be maintaining a high profile so staff and passengers know we are there and feel safe on their journeys.”

BTP’s Special Constables help police the rail network, keeping the public safe, assisting patrols and responding to incidents. They have the same powers and wear the same uniform as regular officers.