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More police for suburban stations


Mayor's new policing drive

Key train stations in suburban London will be policed by 50 extra officers in a bid to reduce crime, Mayor Boris Johnson has announced.

The British Transport Police (BTP) teams will be assisted by extra staff from the train operating companies.

Transport for London will spend 6m over two years to fund the officers, who will patrol 100 stations and routes in London's outer boroughs.

The extra officers were part of Mr Johnson's election campaign manifesto.

"During the election campaign I made a pledge that I would make London's suburban stations safer, because everyone has the right to travel safely and free from the fear of crime, no matter what part of London they live in," the mayor said.

'Greater reassurance'

Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, said: "While crime across the London network is now low and continues to fall, the mayor's initiative will provide even greater reassurance to passengers."

Mr Roberts said train operating companies will match the number of new police patrols with security staff and ticket inspectors.

The move comes after several high-profile incidents at unmanned rail stations in recent years prompted calls for more staff and policing.

City lawyer Thomas ap Rhys Pryce was murdered in January 2006 shortly after leaving the unmanned Kensal Green station.

Shortly before he was stabbed to death, another man was robbed at the station.

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