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Knife detectors in train stations

Lime Street (Pic: Merseytravel)
Liverpool Lime Street is one of the stations taking part in the operation

Train passengers across the North West are being made to walk through airport-style scanners as police officers aim to catch those carrying knives.

The co-ordinated operation, which spans stations in Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Chester will be used throughout Friday.

If a person avoids walking through, then they could be searched if they cannot give a legitimate reason.

Insp Adrian Yorston said: "We want people to feel safe when using trains."

British Transport Police officers will also be using sniffer dogs to detect those carrying drugs.

Insp Yorston added: "Our aim is to tackle anti-social behaviour, knife and drug crime.

"The message to anyone carrying weapons or drugs is clear - you will be caught and robustly dealt with."

The operation, part funded through the government's Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP), is being carried out by British Transport Police, Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police.

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