Police blitz on train criminals at St Albans station

A POLICE purge on criminals coming into the city by train from London and Luton resulted in several arrests and a warning.

St Albans Neighbourhood Police officers worked with the British Transport Police (BTP) on the three-hour operation at the city’s railway station in a bid to improve community safety last month (nov 19).

Over 40 people were searched by officers and passive drugs dogs were also used.

A 38-year-old man from St Albans received a warning for cannabis possession and a second man, aged 26 and from Markyate, was arrested on suspicion of Class A drug possession and bailed by police.

The BTP dealt with a number of people for railway offences and some were fined for travelling without tickets. Two were arrested in connection with fare evasion offences and one on suspicion of drug possession.

Sgt Karen Lewis from the St Albans Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “This was a successful operation and a great opportunity for partners to work together to drive down crime in St Albans.”

She said that in partnership with the BTP, they hoped to carry out similar operations in the future.