Major blitz launched on fare dodgers.
A purge of fare dodgers and police suspects has been launched on Tyneside's Metro system.
The week-long operation has already seen ticket inspectors, joined by police officers, arriving on trains between Gateshead and South Tyneside South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear in North East England.
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Continuing until Friday night, the staff from transport firm Nexus and Northumbria Police's Metro Unit will also conduct undercover raids on Metro trains. The operation began on Monday evening, when dozens were slapped with pounds 10 penalty fares.
Police officers are targeting suspects of a number of railway-related offences, and are looking to execute warrants throughout the week. A Nexus spokesman said: "This exercise is the latest in a long line of operations that portion of a theater of war which an army passes over in attaining its object.
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"It is designed to send a clear message it will not be tolerated."