Po­lice ar­rest fare dodger found armed with a knife

COPS DE­TAIN MAN AND RE­COVER KNUCKLE DUSTER, FLICK KNIFE AND BAGS OF DRUGS

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By STEVE ROB­SON steve.rob­[email protected] @SteveRob­son04

PO­LICE pa­trolling Metrolink found a fare dodger armed with a knife, knuckle duster and drugs.

The newly-formed Trans­port Unit re­ported the dis­cov­ery on the Greater Manch­ester Po­lice City Cen­tre Twit­ter ac­count.

The ex­act lo­ca­tion of the in­ci­dent was not dis­closed.

Plain-clothes of­fi­cers stopped a man with­out a ticket and de­cided to search him.

Pic­tures posted on Twit­ter show the ar­ray of weapons that were re­cov­ered in­clud­ing a metal knuckle duster, flick knife and bags of what ap­pears to be cannabis.

Po­lice said the man was de­tained. It was the lat­est suc­cess for the Trans­port Unit which will see 50 of­fi­cers pa­trolling the trans­port net­work in a bid to com­bat crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Last month, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice shared an im­age of a man be­ing led away from a tram by one of the new of­fi­cers – and were widely praised on so­cial me­dia.

The new unit will also cover the re­gion’s roads, pro­vid­ing a ‘pro-ac­tive polic­ing pres­ence,’ with the power to ar­rest peo­ple, po­lice said.

And for the first time, the unit will pro­vide a re­sponse func­tion to deal with on­go­ing crimes and in­ci­dents on public trans­port. The team will pro­vide a proac­tive polic­ing pres­ence across the re­gion’s trans­port net­work and work to sup­port the wider Trav­elSafe Part­ner­ship (TSP) – which in­cludes Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester and public trans­port op­er­a­tors.

Supt Julie El­li­son said: “The Trans­port Unit are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing our lo­cal neigh­bour­hood teams and our part­ners.

“The new team is made up en­tirely of po­lice of­fi­cers and this pro­vides us with more pow­ers to ad­dress those is­sues on the whole trans­port net­work that cause road and public net­work users con­cern.”

A num­ber of ar­rests and oper­a­tions have fea­tured al­ready.

Po­lice found drugs, a knife and a knuckle duster on a man with­out a Metrolink ticket

Bags of what ap­pears to be cannabis were re­cov­ered

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