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Hermon reveals ‘pathetic’ conviction rate for Transport Vandals

Ulster Unionist MP, Lady Hermon, has described as ‘pathetic’ figures revealing the conviction rate for those caught vandalising Northern Ireland’s transport network.

Speaking from her North Down Constituency Office, she said: “Nothing excuses assaulting Translink staff simply for doing their job and nothing excuses causing criminal damage to public property. Since Translink provides such essential public services though its buses and trains, it’s an absolute disgrace that its staff and its property are treated in such a reprehensible manner.

The conviction rate for transport vandals is pathetic, to put it mildly, and I’m astounded the PSNI has not been much more rigorous in tackling this serious problem. So I’ll certainly be demanding that the police together with Translink adopt a zero tolerance approach towards vandalism and assaults. The immediate extension of CCTV provision to all Translink property would clearly be a step in the right direction.”

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