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Success of Trojan 3

Councillor John Hemming, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council and Chair
of the Birmingham Strategic Partnership has welcomed the success of
operation Trojan 3 dealing with crime and buses.

Working together the Police, City Centre Management Street Wardens and
Travel West Midlands Bus Inspectors ran an operation entitled "Trojan 3"
around buses and bus stops over a period of 9 days.

The team boarded a total of 392 buses, Checking 5699 passengers, 289 fixed
penalty notices were issued totalling in excess of £3000 pounds. In
addition 14 arrests were made, 1 for theft of dvds, 4 were wanted on
warrant, 2 for non co-operation, 2 for offensive weapons, 4 drug related
one of which was a an A class drug, 1 person was searched, his bag contained
hard core pornographic material, on further investigation he was found to
have absconded from Manchester where he was awaiting deportation. This
offender was known to the Wardens, he had previously been a street peddlar
on the High Street.

John Hemming said, "All the public agencies in Birmingham are committed to
cracking down on anti-social behaviour whereever it may be. I have
particularly requested action to deal with making sure that safety on buses
is key."

"The Birmigham Strategic Partnership will be reviewing this issue next week
to make sure everyone in focussed on keeping the travelling public safe."

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