Police crackdown on train begging on Ilford line amid ‘tissue seller’ reports

Police are cracking down on begging on Redbridge trains after reports of people asking passengers for money.

British Transport Police (BTP) has stepped up patrols on the line from Liverpool Street to Shenfield, which goes through Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath, to deter “anti-social behaviour”.

A spokesman said: “Some people involved in begging are destitute and in need of help, and we will try to direct them towards the appropriate services rather than criminalise them.

“Others can be more disruptive and sometimes aggressive and we take firm action against them. In these cases they may be dealt with under byelaws or other legislation.

“Begging on trains can be particularly intimidating for passengers.”

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There have also been reports of people moving through carriages leaving packets of tissues on seats with notes saying money is needed for children, rent, food or other necessities.

People are asked to give money for the tissues and any not sold are collected.

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If you see crime or anti-social behaviour at trains, call BTP on 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency, always call 999.

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