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Bus crime and assaults - police plea for help

PUBLISHED: 16:37 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:46 02 July 2010

IMAGES of a very NON-Magnificent Seven who are suspected of bus crime and assault in Newham have been issued by police. They are wanted in connection with incidents last year that included smashing windows, criminal damage, graffiti with one drunken pass

IMAGES of a very NON-Magnificent Seven who are suspected of bus crime and assault in Newham have been issued by police.

They are wanted in connection with incidents last year that included smashing windows, criminal damage, graffiti with one drunken passenger wanted for attacking a female driver.

The appeal is made through the Safer Transport Command's Operation BusTag, a proactive team who work together with a CCTV Investigation Unit, using on-bus Closed Circuit Television to arrest and bring to justice individuals who have committed criminal damage to the buses.

Since BusTag's inception in late 2004 it has tripled its arrest rate of offenders of bus criminal damage which costs the bus companies millions of pounds in repairs every year. In total it is more than 3,000 arrests

All CCTV stills from incident footage are circulated initially within the Police network before passing on to the public sector for identification.

Those with information on the suspects can ring anonymously, on: OPERATION BUSTAG (020) 7027-8950 or CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.

For the images of the seven, see next Wednesday's Newham Recorder.


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