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500 fare dodgers caught in five days

More than 500 fare dodgers have been caught in Birmingham in five days during a new operation from British Transport Police.

Operation Loop was working in Longbridge, Northfield and Sutton Coldfield stations last week. They issued 522 £20 fines plus prosecuted 14 people for travel fraud.

Operation Loop catches fare dodgers Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

We know from our experience that there is often a link between fare evasion and anti-social behaviour.

British Transport Police will continue to work with London Midland to ensure that we respond to passenger concerns relating to their safety on the railway.

– Inspector Chris Casey, of West Midlands Police

British Transport Police say that in a survey of passengers - fare evasion was a top passenger gripe.

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