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HELPING WITH YOUR ENQUIRIES

27-02-2010

Youth

Why does it often take so long for the police to seek our help? And should we expect safer public transport? Dave Woodhall would like a couple of answers.

The front page of Thursday’s Mail featured a story about an attack on a group of youngsters travelling by train to New Street. The full details of the case are of no real concern, save to say it sounds like a particularly nasty crime was committed and hopefully the perpetrators will soon be caught and dealt with.

There was the usual appeal for witnesses and photographs of suspects released. But the incident happened last November. And two questions can be asked here.

Why did it take so long for these photos to be made public? A day or two afterwards, and witnesses might have remembered seeing them. Three months later there’s little or chance.

And why is it that so few local trains have guards, train managers, ticket collectors, call them by whatever name you like? The answer to this one is probably ‘cost’. To which my reply is “What price the safety of your customers?”

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