Extra police and security teams will begin patrolling Metrolink and the region s buses next week as part of a passenger safety drive. The move comes after KeolisAmey take over the tram network from 2am on Saturday morning after RATP Dev Ltd lost its bid to remain at the helm. And bosses have unveiled plans to introduce 900 extra hours of security support a week with 24 new TravelSafe Officers (TSOs).
TravelSafe, a security team across buses and trams, will be supported by 50 new PCSOs from Monday . They will join a new police sergeant and four new police constables. It follows months of concerning reports of anti-social behaviour on public transport – including the incident in May where a driver was treated in hospital after a brick was thrown through his windscreen from a bridge in Oldham. Chief Supt John O Hare, from Greater Manchester Police, said: The introduction of the TravelSafe PCSOs enhances our existing team, which includes an inspector, sergeant and police constables.
He said the team would be dedicated to ensuring the safety of passengers and dealing with any incidents on the networks. Aline Frantzen, new MD of KeolisAmey Metrolink said one of their key commitments was to enhance safety and security to improve passenger experience. She said: We are looking forward to working with TfGM, our partners and the community to implement our exciting plans for what is already a high-performing network . Our approach will be focused on collaboratively working to keep Greater Manchester moving and growing.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said he was committed to making Greater Manchester s public transport the safest. He added: I promised to prioritise a greater staffing presence on our public transport in the evenings and early mornings and today we are delivering on that promise. The TravelSafe team uses intelligence and crime data to target patrols at key times and places.
Chief Supt John O’Hare
It s split into four units covering four geographical areas so they can get to grips with their communities. Transport bosses insist crime and anti-social behaviour is relatively rare on buses and trams, with 206m journeys made by bus and 37m by tram in 2016. Matt Kitchen, operations director for Stagecoach Manchester, said it was a great example of how operators, transport bosses and the police are working together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
He said safety was their priority . First Manchester s boss Adrian Worsfold agreed, adding: As a result of the TravelSafe Partnership we have already seen the positive impact that the presence of security officers can bring to our services, as we work together to reduce anti-social behaviour. Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM committee, added: These are exciting times for Metrolink and the city-region and I warmly welcome KAM as the Metrolink operator .
Together we will further realise the full potential and benefits of the unprecedented growth and investment we are overseeing in the network.
Rapper TI and wife Tiny guarded by assault rifle-wielding security at Detroit nightclub.. .
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Rapper T.I . and his wife Tiny were guarded by assault rifle-wielding, bulletproof vest-wearing security at a club appearance in Detroit on July 4. According to TMZ3, Michigan is an open carry state so there was no problem with the security team flashing their heavy duty artillery in public. The couple were in town for singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris’s performance as part of group Xscape’s reunion concert – which came shortly before claims that the pair indulged in a threesome with Blac Chyna.
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Security detail: A guard carrying an assault rifle guarded rapper T.I . and wife, singer Tony, at a Detroit nightclub on July 4
The shocking photos show the couple surrounded by guards clad all in black as they fulfilled at a promotional appearance at Touch Lounge The shocking photos show the couple surrounded by guards clad all in black as they fulfilled at a promotional appearance at Touch Lounge. T.I. – real name Clifford Harris – and the couple’s three children joined Tiny for the event.
The pair, who have a combined seven children between them, star on VH1’s reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. Locked and loaded: According to TMZ , that first ran the pictures, Michigan is an open carry state so there was no problem with security flashing their heavy duty artillery in public
Big night: The couple were in town for singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris’s performance as part of group Xscape’s reunion concert
Back together: T.I . surprised his wife by showing up in Detroit as the couple seek to fix their marriage after separating
Protected: Tiny was photographed chatting with a fan as a camo and ammo vest-wearing burly guard stood close by The pics of T.I . and Tiny hanging with their entourage at the Detroit club were taken before Rob Kardashian claimed on social media that his baby mama Blac Chyna had engaged in a threesome with the couple. The only son of Kris Jenner alleged the rapper paid his former stripper ex to have sex with him and Tiny as he ranted on social media about Chyna cheating on him with other men. Kardashian told T.I .
on Twitter: ‘Chyna told me everything about your threesomes with you and her and Tiny . U got no moves bro ;;; Correction ::: TI paid Chyna to have sex with Tiny and him.’ T.I .
and Tiny have not responded publicly to respond to the reality star’s claims.
Gossip fodder: The photos were taken before Rob Kardahsian claimed on social media that his baby mama Blac Chyna had engaged in a threesome with the couple Wife and mother: Xscape singer Tony shares three children with T.I, whom she wed in 2010
Caught up in social media scandal: Kris Jenner’s only son claimed in a Twitter rant that T.I . had paid former stripper Chyna to have sex with himself and his wife
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Ariana Grande ‘praying for London’ as security is stepped up for tonight’s One Love concert in Manchester
Ariana Grande is praying for London as she prepares for a benefit concert which is expected to go ahead in Manchester today.
Ariana Grande (Photo: Invision)
The global star will take the stage along with several of the world s biggest acts at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
Police say the One Love Manchester event is still set to take place, although it s understood security will be even tighter than planned, following terrorist attacks in London on Saturday night which left six people dead.
Police close to London Bridge after the attack unfolded
Three attackers were also shot and killed by police after they ran rampage in the capital, mowing down pedestrians in a van on London Bridge before stabbing others in the street nearby. American singer Grande tweeted in the early hours of Sunday: Praying for London. Many of those attending the concert at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground were also in the crowd at Grande s show at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, which saw 22 people killed and more than 100 injured in a bomb attack.
Preparations at the Old Trafford cricket ground ahead of the One Love concert
Fans attending the One Love Manchester show on Sunday afternoon have been urged not to bring any bags or rucksacks with them to the venue for security reasons. Grande visited youngsters injured in the Manchester Arena explosion at the Royal Manchester Children s Hospital on Friday night.
Lily Harrison, one of the youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, with Ariana Grande (Photo: Twitter)
She will be joined by Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and a host of other stars at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday night. The concert will be broadcast to millions of people in more than 50 countries across the world.