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Police on track to catch criminals
Thursday 2nd January 2014 @ 14:34 by Lisa B

Police in plain clothes took a train ride to catch travelling crooks.

It wasn’t long before the partnership of Glossop officers and British Transport Police collared their first suspects.

Stop searches for cannabis led to a BB gun and ammunition being retrieved.

While four suspects were also identified for previous incidents of anti-social behaviour by causing damage to Glossop station.

The joint operation took place on trains between Glossop and Guide Bridge, with police officers walking the compartments searching people to prevent anti-social behaviour and drug use.

PC Julian Gallagher, from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This drive was a great opportunity for us to team up with officers from British Transport Police in a bid to crack down on travelling criminals.

“The patrols were all part of keeping commuters and local residents safe and to make sure that would-be criminals were stopped so that they were not able to commit crimes.”

PC Andy Collier, of British Transport Police’s Neighbourhood Policing was also pleased with how the operation went.

“It’s important to remember that the rail network is relatively crime free, however we do experience problems with anti-social behaviour and low level criminality,” he said.

“We will continue to work with our colleagues at Derbyshire Police to build a clear picture of what is happening in the neighbourhoods we serve and develop lasting solutions to any problems which are highlighted.”

PC Collier added: “For this to be successful we need passengers to also be our eyes and ears and report any criminal, anti-social or suspicious behaviour.

“This can be done by sending a text to BTP on 61016.”