Extra train patrols for Christmas

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EXTRA officers will be on trains across Calderdale this Christmas trying to ensure revellers have a happy Christmas.

British Transport Police are also launching special operations at stations across West Yorkshire in the run-up to Christmas and into the New Year.

Sergeant Mark Mowvley said: “Traditionally we see an increase of people using trains and stations at this time of year.

“Please enjoy yourself, but it is important that you remember to behave appropriately.

“There are many people who may not use the rail network as a mode of transport other than at this time of the year. So make sure you have your travel arrangements in place and particularly know the time of your last train home. Also, look out for your friends and colleagues during the evening.

“While we want everyone to enjoy themselves, we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour or any form of aggression towards the rail staff who work hard to keep the services running.

“It would also be remiss not to remind people that the cold weather brings its own challenges and you should ensure you are prepared for the conditions and dress appropriately.

“There is no doubt that alcohol is a major contributory factor to other types of crime, particularly violence. Drink can also make you a target. If you have consumed excessive amounts of alcohol your awareness is diminished, as is your ability to properly gauge a situation,” said Sgt Mowvley.

“Sadly there are those who will take advantage of people in this state and will not think twice about using someone else’s drunkenness to their benefit.”

Anyone who witnesses or is subjected to anti-social behaviour can call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.