Islington Bus operation to tackle crime and anti-social behaviou

Twelve people were arrested on an Islington bus route for crimes such as carrying weapons, drugs, theft and public disorder as part of a crackdown on bad behaviour on the buses.

Other offences detected in the swoop on the N29 bus on March 30 to 31 included breach of bail and conspiracy to rob.

A further 38 people were thrown off buses for reasons ranging from fare evasion to drinking alcohol.

The initiative, called Operation Drag, was part of a joint operation by the police and London bus operators to target crime and anti-social behaviour.

Plainclothes officers from Arriva and London Safer Transport Teams patrolled the route during the early hours, carrying out a total of 68 stop and searches.

Insp Dave Dixon of Camden Safer Transport Team, who led the operation, said: “Working in partnership like this increases the police’s effectiveness, helps us be in the right places and use the most suitable tactics. We have found something that works well and we’ll be repeating it regularly.”