British Transport Police crack down on theft across East Midlands

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The British Transport Police has cracked down on theft across the East Midlands to help the travelling public keep their valuables safe.

Named Operation Magnum it was held to tackle the theft of passenger property such as suitcases, bags, mobile phones and laptops at mainline stations and across the rail network.

The operation involved over 35 uniformed and plain clothes officers who conducted patrols between 11am and 1am.

As part of the crackdown officers are asking for the assistance of the public to help identify a number of people caught on camera and have released a gallery of their most wanted.

Police staff and officers handed out crime prevention leaflets on 3rd July advising passengers on how to protect themselves from thieves.

They were also on hand to help people register their electrical gadgets to immobilise.com, a website that helps police return lost or stolen items to the owner.

Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden, leading the operation nationally, said: “Op Magnum is a long term initiative that aims to reduce theft by disrupting and deterring thieves who target unsuspecting commuters and tourists.

“We want to create a hostile environment for thieves, making it as difficult as we can for them to operate on any part of the railway network.”

The Transport Police have asked anyone with any information about the incidents, or who recognises anyone pictured in the CCTV images, to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016 quoting background log B9/NEA of 02/07/2013 and the reference number on the image.