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Attacks on rail staff have more than halved

Attacks on rail staff have more than halved since an...

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Railway Mission

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October 17, 2018

Attacks on rail staff have more than halved since an operator introduced body worn cameras, new figures show.

Virgin Trains report the number of assaults on staff has fallen following the introduction of 275 cameras in February.

Incidents of assaults fell from 20 in March to just six in September. The industry has found that attacks on barrier staff fell by 47% when they were wearing the cameras during a pilot study last year.

Our Chaplain Michele was interviewed about the seriousness of assaults and the support Railway Mission chaplains provide to railway staff by BBC Breakfast

Paul Plummer, chief executive of industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said: “One assault against a rail worker is one too many. We’re now working together as an industry to develop plans to roll out this technology nationwide.”