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Rail firm issue apology over video arrest threat

Freedom Ride protesters making their voices heard over cuts to train travel passes were broken up by police and two men, thought to be pensioners, were handcuffed and detained by police.
Reader video.

Freedom Ride protesters making their voices heard over cuts to train travel passes were broken up by police and two men, thought to be pensioners, were handcuffed and detained by police. Reader video.

 

A rail firm which threatened a Star reporter with arrest citing the Terrorism Act has issued an apology.

Reporter Alex Evans was at Sheffield station on Monday to film Freedom Ride protests against travel pass cuts taking place on the platform.

But a member of Northern Rail’s contracted security forced Alex to delete his footage, citing the Terrorism Act.

After Alex filmed for a second time, the staff member again cited the Act and took his personal details, stressing it was an arrestable offence and that he could face a fine and a criminal record.

If it wasn’t for Star readers, including Jen Dunstan, who sent in footage of police arresting 66-year-old Tony Nuttall, video of the two arrests police made might never have come to light.

Northern Rail’s head of crime management Martyn Guiver apologised to Alex and said that the incident ‘should not have happened’.

He said the firm was investigating the incident and that it would speak to the person responsible - a security officer contracted to Northern Rail - when he next came on shift.

Mr Guiver added that staff have been ‘re-briefed’ on rights to film in order to avoid a repeat of the situation.

He said: “I want to apologise on behalf of Northern Rail.

“I can categorically state that it’s not something we would expect to happen.

“We have in the short term re-briefed all the officers on the law relating to cameras.

“It is being progressed, we are looking into it and an investigation is ongoing.

“For us they do a fantastic job, they are specialist security officers and I would expect their behaviour to reflect that.

“They are trusted to represent our business so they need to get it right.”

 

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