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British Transport Police launches operation to reassure weekend revellers – Reading

Operation aims to stop anti-social behaviour in its tracks 
Targeted patrols to reassure passengers and staff
Officers’ presence will help ensure safe and secure environment

Our officers will be carrying out high visibility patrols at peak times over the weekend to reassure the travelling public.

Operation Stronghold, which will run for the next two weekends at Reading rail station, will see enhanced patrols aimed at reassuring and engaging with weekend rail users.

The operation is designed to prevent the escalation of alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour, with patrols taking place from early evening to target the busy night-time economy.

Similar activity in other parts of the country has seen a significant drop in instances of anti-social behaviour. 
Inspector Shawn Taylor, Op Stronghold lead for British Transport Police (BTP) in Reading, said: “Increasing our visibility and activity at these key times allows us to further reassure the public that they can travel in a safe and secure environment.
“Summer is always a busy period in Reading, with lots of events and attractions for people of all ages – from school holiday activities for children to the bustling bars, clubs and restaurants of the city centre. As such, we want everyone using the rail network at the weekends to enjoy themselves, but also to get to and from the city safely.
“Complementing 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. Put simply, it’s about having officers at key locations at key times to reduce crime and keep the travelling public safe.
“Our officers will also be promoting the use of our unique text number, 61016, which allows rail users to report crime or anti-social behaviour in a discreet manner.”

Reporters are invited to join officers on patrol on the weekends of 22 and 23 July, and 29 and 30 July. To arrange, contact the Pressdesk on 0300 123 9104.

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