Police Release CCTV Images of Bus Vandals

Two youth wanted in connection with damaging seat on 267 route


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The Met's Safer Transport Command (STC) is working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) and London bus companies to identify and arrest offenders of bus criminal damage.

The STC, funded by TfL, have a proactive team called Operation BusTag which is dedicated to identifying through on-bus Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), arresting and bringing to justice individuals who have committed criminal damage to the buses.

Officers from Operation BusTag are current looking for information on the two males in these images who caused damaged seats on 267 bus route. They both alighted the bus on Chiswick High Road. BusTag would like to hear anonymously on the following telephone numbers from anyone who can help with their enquiries: OPERATION BUSTAG Tel: (020) 3054 5440, CRIMESTOPPERS Tel: 0800 555 111.

Transport for London’s Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing, Steve Burton, said: “Graffiti and window etching are the sort of vandalism that creates an intimidating environment which our passengers should not have to put up with. With thousands of CCTV cameras on London’s 8,500 buses and the help of local media such as ChiswickW4.com, we are able to bring these vandals to justice so that Londoners can travel safely and do so in a clean and comfortable environment.”

Since BusTag's inception it has tripled the number of arrests of offenders of bus criminal damage, which takes the form of graffiti, window etching, seat and window damage, and arson, which costs the bus companies millions of pounds in repairs every year.

More than 95% of the arrests made as a result of BusTag investigations have resulted in serious consequences for the offender, ranging from fines and community service to imprisonment.

February 10, 2011

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