140 arrests in 3 months for British Transport Police’s Taskforce

Train Surfing Sentencing
Credit: BTP

Ffestiniog Railway Victorian Weekend
3 Disc Set On DVD & Blu-ray
£5 goes to the Ffestiniog Railway
Emergency Appeal
CLICK HERE for Details & Trailer

The British Transport Police has announced that more than 140 people have been arrested since they started the County Lines Taskforce in December.

Recent arrests include a man stopped at Kings Cross station in London where officers seized more than £3,000 in heroin and crack cocaine.

Today, Wednesday 19th February, the Taskforce worked with the Metropolitan Police to execute a warrant at a home in London, arresting one man on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

The Taskforce was set up with Home Office funding to tackle gangs using the railway network to transport drugs.

Taskforce officers at stations and on certain routes used by gangs have seized large amounts of drugs, weapons and more than £26,000 in cash.

The BTP has also secured further Home Office funding to expand the Taskforce and extend its work throughout the year and 2021.

What did the officials say?

The Task Force lead, Superintendent Gareth Williams, said:

“The Taskforce continues to go from strength to strength, ensuring passengers travel in safety and that gangs know without doubt that the rail network is not a place to operate.

“We work very closely with police forces across England, Wales and Scotland, carrying out multiple operations every week, and will continue to do this throughout the year.”

Where Next?

RailAdvent Plus
   Get image downloads, Prints and Streaming Video
News Homepage
   For the Latest Railway News
RailAdvent Online Shop
   Framed Prints, DVD’s / Blu-Ray’s and more
LocoStop Community
   Come and share your railway pictures
Mainline Steam Info
   Upcoming mainline steam tours/loco movements
British Transport Police
   Visit their website


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here