Harefield Gazette

Crackdown on staring on tube


PEOPLE travelling on the London Undergroun­d are now being reported daily for staring after a new campaign to crack down on the inappropri­ate behaviour was launched last month.

The campaign by Transport for London aims to tackle sexual harassment faced by women and girls on the Tube such as upskirting and cat calling. One of the behaviours being clamped down on is staring. Posters stating ‘intrusive staring of a sexual nature is sexual harassment and is not tolerated’ have been appearing at London Undergroun­d stations all over the capital since the campaign was launched.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Detective Inspector Sarah White, who leads the sexual offences team for British Transport Police, said that her team have already started receiving several reports of people who have been caught staring inappropri­ately.

The detective said: “It’s human nature to stare at things. However, it’s very different when someone is staring, leering, or there’s a sexual motivation. We want to know about that staring because that is the behaviour that suggests to me that someone is thinking about a sexual behaviour that supports that staring. We will record them as crimes and we will investigat­e them - and we have had successful prosecutio­ns in that field.”

When the anti-harassment campaign was first launched, TfL said: “Sexual harassment is a form of violence, most often directed against women and girls in public places. The safety of women and girls is an absolute priority for TfL and this new campaign is one element of TfL’s work to ensure everyone can travel with confidence.

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