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Undercover officers to tackle rail crime


Undercover officers to tackle rail crime

Officers from the British Transport Police in Lancashire are to go undercover in a bid to catch railway criminals red-handed.


BTP is to use plain clothes officers to detect criminals operating with the Preston’s railway station and across Lancashire.

Insp Adrian Yorston believes the use of plain clothes officers will help catch more savvy crooks who think they are above the law. He added: “This is not about hiding officers from view and catching out law-abiding citizens, it is about tackling those whose criminal behaviour is tailored to slip underneath the radar of uniformed officers.”

Bosses say the policy is already reaping rewards, with a bike thief caught and convicted last week. The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to theft and was fined £65 by city magistrates.

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