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Smelly food banned following ground breaking British Transport Police announcement

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A stinky sandwich, fermented fish or pungent late night grub on the 11.50pm service to Reading – we all know that smelly foods on board trains cause controversy. 

That is why today, British Transport Police (BTP) is announcing a ground-breaking new step in cracking down on the consumption of all foul-smelling foods on board trains, trams and tubes across Britain’s rail network.

As part of new anti-social behaviour legislation, those caught consuming offensive edible items while in transit could face a penalty fare of up to £2,000.  

From today, ‘Consumption of smelly grub’ will become the 27th Railway Byelaw, and repeated offenders may be issued with a Criminal Food Behaviour Order (CBF0) which could prevent them travelling on trains for life or coming within a 50 meter radius of a takeaway shop.

Officers will have the power to seize and destroy a variety of foods and snacks, and be issued with special protective gloves and masks to avoid possible contamination. 

The move has been introduced following a wave of pressure on social media from disgruntled travellers.

To ensure all passengers have a hassle-free journey we have composed a brief list of prohibited items, which you are advised to please check before you travel:

Fish (fresh and tinned) 
Blue cheese 
Sausage rolls 
Fermented shark and vegetables
Fast food 

Inspector Pete Pong, said: “Stinky food has been a long-standing contentious issue on Britain’s rail network and I am pleased we could respond to the public’s concerns and work to stamp out this very pressing problem. 

“In my years at BTP I have witnessed numerous horrors, from those thinking it’s acceptable to crack open a homemade tuna sandwich, to others eating boiled eggs like apples. Not OK. 

“BTP is proud to be a progressive force, and I hope passengers welcome this exciting announcement.” 

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