Crack down on crime at Dagenham tube stations

Becontree station formed part of the operation

Becontree station formed part of the operation - Credit: Archant

Police, underground officers and the UK border agency cracked down on crime on the tube and at stations in Dagenham as part of District Line operation,

Operation Daytona was set up to tackle ticket offences, drug offences, theft and anti-social behaviour on the line at Becontree Station, Dagenham Heathway and Dagenham East stations.

The operation involved 36 uniformed and plain clothes officers, a drugs detection dog and London Underground revenue inspectors, who conducted patrols at the stations between 6pm and 11pm on Saturday.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs, one person was arrested on suspicion of theft and another person was arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence.

A further 17 people were issued with warnings or fines and a total of 36 people were searched.

Sgt Dan Rushall, from the British Transport Police (BTP) District Line East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “My team works solely on the District line and our aim is to make it as safe as possible for passengers and staff.

“While crime is already low, we are always trying to reduce it further.

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“This operation was designed to remind the law abiding public that we are out working for them and to warn anyone with criminal intentions that they could be caught.”