British Transport Police is set to leave potential trespassers shellshocked thanks to a new operation run in partnership with c2c.
Officers from BTP’s London and Essex coast teams will be out and about during the summer, alongside colleagues from the rail company, specifically targeting those who trespass on the railway or who cause issues for the running of the network.
Superintendent Richard Moffatt said: “Historically we see a significant rise in trespass incidents during the summer. This generally coincides with the school holidays, during which time we also see an increase in incidents of route crime, such as stone throwing or placing objects on the track.
“To combat this we have launched Operation Shellshock and will be working with our colleagues at c2c to educate youngsters – and adults – about the dangers of trespass and route crime. We will also all be looking out for people who ignore this advice and persist in problematic or criminal behaviour.”
During the next six weeks BTP officers will be stepping up patrols in the Greater London and Essex area and will be on the lookout – using information fed through by c2c staff – for anyone whose actions might cause problems for the railway.
Iain Palmer, c2c Security Manager, said: "We know how popular the railways are during the summer, and in particular with young people who may not be used to travelling by train.
“That's why we're working with British Transport Police, to ensure everyone knows how to stay safe and to tackle any anti-social behaviour that might arise for the benefit of all our customers."