Southern Rail invests £35,000 in security staff for Worthing

A TRAIN operator has invested £35,000 in security staff to ‘tackle’ the problem of youth disorder on one of its routes.

Southern Rail has deployed a team of security officers to the Worthing area to combat a spate of crime believed to have been committed by a group of young people known as the “West Coast Nominals”.

The investment in Travel Safe Officers follows a series of behaviors by children using the Worthing railway line to terrorize businesses between Worthing and Hove.

A Southern Rail spokesman said: “We have our team of Travel Safe Officers – who we are committed to funding across our franchise, at a cost of £1m for additional officers dedicated to the area while we are with deal with this problem.

The Argus: Girls steal Tesco in Hove on July 18thGirls steal Tesco in Hove on July 18th

The rail operator said it was not possible to provide a figure in relation to additional staff hired because the funding supports resources “deployed in different parts of the network”.

“We are passionate about the safety of our staff and passengers and are working with the police, schools and social services to address youth disorder issues in the region,” the spokesperson added.

“We know from other organizations that this is part of a broader community issue; the behavior of this group of people is witnessed across West Sussex.

“With cases of this nature involving young people who are potentially vulnerable, we recognize that this is a complex situation and we continue to work together across multiple agencies to support their efforts and protect our colleagues. ”

This week we revealed how children have wreaked havoc on the lives of people in the Worthing area.

Several shops in close proximity to train stations were targeted, from Goering all the way up to Hove.

These crimes include shoplifting, assault, property damage and even arson.

The Argus: Kwik Vape in Tarring Road, Worthing was targeted in February. That's right, the waiting room of Puccino's cafe that was set on fire in JuneKwik Vape in Tarring Road, Worthing was targeted in February. That’s right, the waiting room of Puccino’s cafe that was set on fire in June

On February 21, a co-op and vape shop was attacked by youths.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and released under investigation.

The alleged offenses include shop workers spitting and smashing a shop window with a metal bar.

The boy has now been charged with two counts of assault and one count of assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 12.

Two girls, aged 14 and 12, were arrested by British Transport Police at 5am on June 13 in connection with an arson attack on a cafe on a platform at Worthing Station.

The cafe is still closed due to the damage and the girls have been released as part of the investigation.

These two incidents are a snapshot of crime in the area.

30 notorious children known to British Transport Police have been put on a ‘Wanted’ poster called ‘West Coast Nominals’.

The poster featured images of brothers Archie and George Tilley, 16 and 15, who nearly killed Worthing’s father Alan Willson in a vicious log attack in the city’s Longcroft Park in April last year.

The Argus: A Co-op shoplifting suspect in Durrington on July 19An alleged shoplifting at the Co-op in Durrington on July 19

The viewing restrictions on the two boys were lifted by Judge QC Christine Henson QC in July after they were both sentenced to 12 years in prison.

We cannot reveal the other 28 children on the poster, including 14 girls.

A man who lives in the Worthing area but wished to remain anonymous said: “It’s how the children move from one shop to another with such military precision. They ride these trains for better or for worse.

“Why don’t we have an Asbos? Why don’t we have orders to ban them from the area?” Southern Rail invests £35,000 in security staff for Worthing

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