BRITISH Transport Police are asking for help to spoil Christmas for railway crooks caught helping themselves to other people’s belongings.
Officers have launched a campaign to crack down on theft across the rail network in the run-up to the festive season.
Special operations will be running at stations and on trains, with extra uniformed and plain-clothes officers out and about undertaking patrols.
Superintendent Eddie Wylie said: “Traditionally, we see a rise in the number of people using trains and stations at this time of year.
“Unfortunately with this, we also see an increase in thieves targeting passengers on the railway.”
Officers have also issued a number of CCTV images of people they want to trace in connection with a number of thefts.
NS05: On Friday, February 22, a man stole a suitcase from a train travelling between Sheffield and Newcastle. The man got off at Durham and dumped the case near the station. A camera and two chargers had been stolen from inside.
NS07b: On Thursday, September 5, a man and woman boarded a train at Huddersfield and left at Durham, taking a case that did not belong to them.
NS13: A member of rail staff was working on the 19.18 Kings Cross to Sunderland service on Friday, February 15, when their mobile phone was stolen from a table in the buffet car.
Anyone with information on the incidents can call 0800 405040 or text 61016, quoting background log NEA/B5 of 4/12/2013 and the reference number.