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Hundreds of fare dodgers in Longbridge and Northfield in days

Hundreds of fare dodgers in Longbridge and Northfield in days Hundreds of fare dodgers in Longbridge and Northfield in days
Updated: 10:59 am, May 07, 2015

RAIL fare dodgers are being warned they will be caught as part of a new approach to the crime being undertaken by London Midland and British Transport Police.

A total of 120 people trying to get out of paying for their journey were caught in one day in Longbridge and Northfield on Tuesday (January 27).

The operation – which is part of a new approach to both fare dodging and customer service – followed a similar one last week at Longbridge which led to almost 200 penalty fares being issued.

London Midland’s head of revenue protection Darren Hanley said the new approach was all about being flexible so fare dodgers would not know where and when inspectors would be.

“You could say we want to keep people on their guard – so it is never worth the risk of trying to cheat.

“Our new approach is already being welcomed by genuine passengers.

“This will drive down anti-social behaviour and, because we are working with other agencies, you may get picked up for more than fare dodging.”

Additional checks are now being carried out across the London Midland network which extends from The Capital, across the West Midlands, to Liverpool.

When staff are not carrying out additional checks on trains and at stations they are also on hand to give more customer support and mange crowds at special events such as music concerts and football matches.

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