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June 13 2018

NCT’s Trojan Bus is back

Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT) Trojan Bus – which is an ordinary NCT bus, but with plain-clothed Police officers on board – has been travelling around Nottingham following a number of recent smashed bus window incidents in the area.

Four youngsters from the area – aged between 12 and 16 – have been identified by Nottinghamshire Police for throwing objects at buses and smashing windows. There were no injuries in these incidents, but the families are now paying over £1,000 for the damage and repair to the buses.

Alongside deploying the Trojan Bus, NCT visits schools on a regular basis through the TravelSafe initiative, educating pupils about safe travel and the consequences of vandalism. This has seen smashed windows reduce by 80% in the last 13 years to around 40 a year now.

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager says: “We will continue to work together to further reduce these incidents and the recent identification of four youngsters for vandalism demonstrates this is being taken very seriously.”

Inspector Gordon Fenwick, of Nottinghamshire Police, says: "We take reports of damage and antisocial behaviour on the public transport system seriously and work closely with our partners at NCT to identify and deal with offenders. 

“Throwing objects at bus windows is extremely dangerous and could cause serious injury. We will be conducting more plain-clothed operations in the future to keep our buses safe."

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