September 19 2014 Latest news:
Monday, August 11, 2014
British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for witnesses after a suit carrier containing clothing was taken from the overhead luggage rack of an East Coast train travelling between London Kings Cross and Leeds stations.
Officers have released images of a man they believe may have information about the incident, which took place as the train approached Peterborough station at about 12.30am on Thursday.
PC Glen Fryer, based at BTP’s Peterborough station, said: “The black suit carrier containing several items of clothing was taken from the racks just before the 11.30pm service from London Kings Cross to Leeds arrived into Peterborough station.
“It is a possibility that the property may have been taken by accident and we are keen to speak to the man pictured as he may have information about what happened.
“If you recognise him, or if you are the man himself, we would like to speak to you.”
If you can help, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log MSUB B4 of 4/08/14
There are a number of other steps people can take to keep their property as safe as possible when on the rail network:
• Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket
• Zip up hand and shoulder bags
• Carry bags in front of you, with flaps against your body
• Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm
• Don’t display jewellery, mobile phones and MP3 players
• Don’t show your money - keep it safely in your pocket
• Stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you when using your phone in public
• Keep your luggage close by and check it regularly
If you think your property has been stolen:
• Stay calm and don’t panic. Report it to a member of transport staff or a police officer straight away
• Report a theft on the railway network to British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Operation Magnum sees BTP officers working closely with train operating companies and local police forces to disrupt and deter thieves who prey on unsuspecting commuters and tourists at busy stations and on trains – particularly long distance journeys.
Thieves use a variety of tactics, from brazenly snatching expensive smartphones and tablets from distracted passengers’ hands to stealing luggage and valuables from on board trains.
The videos featured on the Op Magnum website - www.btp.police.uk/theft - and the BTP YouTube channel show passengers the 13 most common tricks thieves use.