Metro menace banned from Sunderland trains after string of violent attacks

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A METRO menace has today been banned from travelling on trains in Sunderland after a series of shameful attacks.

During the past 10 years, Jake Lancaster has assaulted other passengers and rail staff in a number of violent assaults on the rail system.

Fed up with his antics, police have now secured a two-year Asbo against the 19-year-old troublemaker, severely restricting his movements on the Metro.

Lancaster, of Friar Road, Ford Estate, was given the order at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how Lancaster first came to the attention of British Transport Police (BTP) in 2003 and has since been involved in assaults and public order offences on the Sunderland extension of the Metro.

The two-year order prevents him from entering any stations on the Sunderland line or travelling on any train between Pelaw and South Hylton stations unless to attend a prior arranged appointment and with written confirmation or is travelling to work.

He is also not permitted to enter Sunderland City Centre train station.

Pc Graham Marshall, investigating for BTP said: “Lancaster has consistently used violence towards his partners, members of railway staff and members of the travelling public.

“Thanks to the Asbo, his ability to carry out these offences on the Metro system will be significantly reduced.

“British Transport Police takes a strong stance on stamping out antisocial behaviour and we will continue to seek the highest sanctions for anyone who puts passenger’s safety in danger.”

Sharon Kelly, director of operations and customer services at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, said: “The safety of our passengers and staff is of utmost importance to us. This case sends a clear message that abusive, antisocial behaviour is not tolerated.

“Crime remains very low on the Metro. Our staff carry out roving patrols, plain clothes operations and other work with the police to ensure our stations are safe for the thousands of people who use them every day in Sunderland.”