Extra police patrols to tackle trouble on buses

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trouble on the buses has prompted Doncaster police to tackle anti-social behaviour by deploying special constables in a series of evening operations.

Concerns over criminal damage and other incidents on public transport prompted high-visibilty patrols at Doncaster Interchange and other bus hotspots around the borough.

During the patrols several groups of young people were spoken to about their anti-social behaviour including swearing and causing a nuisance.

Later that evening, officers attended Robin Hood Airport after reports were made of a large number of passengers on a First bus being rowdy and causing a nuisance through their drunken behaviour. They were spoken to and two officers remained on the bus for the rest of the journey.

And because of recent damage to bus windows and shelters, six special constables provided high visibility patrols in marked police vehicles of the main hotspot transport areas, Rossington, Edlington, Conisbrough, Denaby and Mexborough.

The officers also provided patrols on the buses operating in the Rossington area by wearing plain clothes to detect offenders engaged in crime and antisocial behaviour on the route.

Deputy Specials Officer Adrian Fuller said: “We often get reports of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage on public transport around the Interchange and train station. These operations enable us to patrol these areas as well as the transport to catch the offenders in action.

“It also offers reassurance to passengers and the drivers of the transport who are often targeted.”