London Paddington Concourse.(Network Rail Image)
The second series of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 1 October as the British Transport Police launch a special operation in the capital, with officers patrolling Paddington Station on the look out for anything suspicious.
The series follows railway workers on the Great Western Main Line as they deal with the biggest modernisation of the line for generations, major incidents which are causing disruption on the railway, huge sporting events, as well as the day-to-day challenge of running one of Britain’s busiest stations.
This week the British Transport Police (BTP) are mounting a special operation to stop criminals who are running drugs out of the capital. Throughout the morning, undercover and uniformed officers are positioned around the station to observe passenger behaviour. Before long, a passenger is found carrying cannabis and a dangerous knife – which could lead to up to four years in prison.
Shift station manager for Network Rail, Haji Mustaq explains:
“At Paddington, we are lucky to have a very good close working relationship with the British Transport Police. We are both very protective of the station and ensure that its safety and security, and that of the passengers and staff, is paramount. This operation was a good example of both Network Rail and the BTP working well together to keep people safe.”
Tune in to Episode 13 of Paddington Station 24/7 on Monday 1 October at 9pm on Channel 5. Each episode will be shown on subsequent Monday evenings at the same time.