Why you'll be seeing more police at Leeds station this weekend

HIGH Visibility patrols will be carried out at Leeds Railway Station this weekend to stop the escalation of anti-social behaviour fuelled by alcohol.

Thursday, 21st July 2016, 12:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st July 2016, 1:39 pm
British Transport Police will be carrying out high visibility patrols this weekend. Picture by Simon Hulme

The patrols are part of a drive by British Transport Police (BTP) to reassure people travelling at busy times and reduce crime.

Operation Stronghold will run for the next two weekends at Leeds, Newcastle, Hull and York stations.

Inspector Gary Jones, who is leading the operation, said: “By increasing our visibility and activity we will be reassuring the public that they can travel in a safe and secure environment.

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“Complimenting our usual patrols, Operation Stronghold is an important initiative that demonstrates the vital role BTP has to play in keeping the railway safe and secure for all who use it.”

Patrols will take place from early evening to target the busy night-time economy at the four key stations which bring revellers to city centre destinations.

Similar schemes in other divisions resulted in a significant drop in anti social behaviour.