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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 and Newcastle city centre and North Shields.

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 to crack down on fare evasion on the Metro.

"It is designed to send a clear message it will not be tolerated."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2004
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