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13/02/01
Police Collar Free Train Travel
- No need to jump the ticket barrier for London cops

COMMUTERS beware: that tap on your shoulder on a packed train carriage might not be from a fellow traveller anxious to usher you out of the way. Instead, it might come from an off-duty police officer.

While the rest of the commuting population struggle to keep up with hikes in train fares, the police will now be able to travel for free to work on overground rail services extending 70 miles out of London.

The new bonus, seen as an extension of an existing scheme which allows police men and women to use tubes and buses for nothing, is designed to attract recruits to the Metropolitan Police.

Intriguingly, the 70 mile limit extends to the Channel, so, theoretically at least, commuter-cops could become the boys in bleu.




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