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Trouble on the buses targeted

A BUS company has teamed up with police to clamp down on troublesome passengers on one of Solihull’s busiest routes.

A BUS company has teamed up with police to clamp down on troublesome passengers on one of Solihull’s busiest routes.

Spot-checks have been taking place on the No 37, helping to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and people smoking on board.

Last Wednesday, National Express inspectors and police officers boarded over 20 buses as they passed along Dovehouse Parade in Olton.

Passengers had highlighted problems on the service which connects Birmingham and Solihull town centre.

Tony Dallison, from bus operator National Express, said: “We cannot emphasise how important it is for passengers to report incidents of anti-social behaviour on buses. Every message we receive is shared with the police and used to plan operations such as this.

“With the help of our customers we can identify the minority of problem people to ensure they are fined and prosecuted.”

Commuters are able to text concerns to 07624 818332.

High-visibility checks and CCTV have helped to drive down problems on local routes - police have said that Solihull’s bus crime has fallen 10 per cent in the past year.

 

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