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Extra train patrols to combat begging on Liverpool Street to Shenfield line through Redbridge
Police have stepped up patrols on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield overground railway line following an apparent increase in cases of begging.
British Transport Police (BTP) said it had received a number of reports from members of the public about being hassled on the route, which serves Redbridge stations including Ilford, Seven Kings and Goodmayes.
However it is not treating the incidents as linked.
A spokesman said: “As a result of [the reports]...officers have stepped up patrols across the network to deter anti-social behaviour on trains and speak to the individuals responsible.
“Begging can be a problem in some localities, and it can cover a wide spectrum of activity.
"Some people involved in begging are destitute and in need of help, and we will try to direct them towards the appropriate services rather than criminalise them.
“Others can be more disruptive and sometimes aggressive and we take firm action against them."
He added: "Anyone who does witness any crime or anti-social behaviour on the rail network should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.
"In an emergency, always call 999."
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