A passenger report of anti-social behaviour on an Erdington bus has got a prolific offender sent back to prison.
A customer on a 28 bus used the See Something, Say Something service to tell the authorities about two other passengers who were openly taking drugs.
Officers at Safer Travel Partnership police contacted National Express West Midlands to get hold of the CCTV footage from the bus. They worked with their colleagues at West Midlands Police to identify the offender, who had recently been released from prison.
Michael Rowe, 35 was on licence from prison, with good behaviour conditions that he was supposed to keep to. So West Midlands Safer Travel Police worked with Probation services to get him recalled back to prison to serve the rest of his sentence in jail.
Inspector Rachel Crump of the Safer Travel Partnership’s police team said:
“The information we receive from passengers through See Something, Say Something is incredibly useful.
“This case shows that, although passengers may not see blue lights arriving immediately, they can be assured that we are working hard behind the scenes to tackle this kind of unacceptable anti-social behaviour.”
Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands, said:
“This is a very good result for everyone using our buses. We know from Transport Focus surveys year on year that the Safer Travel Partnership’s work is reassuring our passengers that travelling on public transport in the West Midlands is safe.”
See Something, Say Something allows people to pass on details of nuisance behaviour to the Safer Travel Partnership, which operates specifically to tackle and deter crime on the region’s transport network.
All passengers need to do is text “Bus” followed by a space to 83010, with a message giving as much information as possible about the nature of the incident.
Anyone witnessing criminal behaviour should ring 999 as they would do normally.
A dedicated Safer Travel Anti-Social Behaviour Team investigates each report it receives.
Rail and Midland Metro passengers should use the British Transport Police equivalent number - 61016.
Published 1st December 2016