Police use buses to patrol Sheffield

Inspector Simon Leake, of South Yorkshire Police
Inspector Simon Leake, of South Yorkshire Police
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Undercover police officers have been patrolling the streets of Sheffield on buses in a bid to identify troublemakers.

The officers have been working with bus companies First and Stagecoach looking for passengers causing anti-social behaviour, damaging vehicles and failing to pay the correct fares.

They have been boarding buses in and around areas identified as ‘hot spots’ – Burngreave, Ecclesfield, Southey and Firth Park.

Inspector Simon Leake, who ran the operation, said the crackdown had been a success.

He said: “Covert tactics with officers in plain-clothes were involved to help capture those engaged in crime and anti-social behaviour in the hotspot areas. Recent intelligence of anti-social behaviour and bus-related damage was provided by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

“The outcome of the operations can be considered positive.

“The PCSOs supporting the bus inspectors provided reassurance to both drivers and passengers, as well as averting any transport-related crime and disorder.

“A positive message has been given to both the transport community and to those who could potentially be drawn into crime and anti-social behaviour, targeting the transport corridors.

“As well as adding to the policing experience of the officers involved, it has raised their awareness of transport-related issues.”

More than 1,000 passengers, on around 90 buses, have been spoken to by officers so far.

And a number of fixed penalty notices have also been issued to fare dodgers caught by the patrols.