Passengers who attack staff could be banned from tube

London Underground is consulting with its lawyers to see if
it is legally possible to ban passengers who attack staff.

It hopes to be able to ban passengers who verbally or
physically assault its staff from using its services, for varying amounts of
time depending on the seriousness of the attack.

A spokesperson said the organisation would be prepared to
ban some people for life because assaults had long-term effects on the staff and
caused victims to take time off work, resulting in increased delays to
services.

Attacks on London Underground staff are on the increase.
During 2000-2001, there were 576 physical assaults on the 10,000 front line
staff, compared to 209 assaults on 15,000 employees in 1976.

London Underground currently carries more than three million
passengers each day.

By Katie Hawkins

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