Visitors travelling through Bath Spa Station at the weekend were checked for alcohol, weapons and drugs as part of an initiative to crack down on city centre trouble.
Yes, you got that right. All visitors – not just those that might profile as suspect, as they mostly do when they set up these temporary scanning arches on Tube stations.
They’ve done this at my local Tube on a few occasions, and I’ve always been ignored and bypassed it. The same with the occasional passive detector dog for drugs searches at the bigger terminals.
But the accompanying photo shows all arrivals being funnelled through the thing…
An airport-style metal detector was set up in the station last Friday night and a team of special constables, joined by officers from the British Transport Police, searched visitors.
There was also a specially-trained sniffer dog looking for people with drugs.
And if no-one complains, they’ll take it upon themselves to do it again, and again, and again. But still, if they manage to stop drugs and weapons, it’ll be OK, right? I mean, they did stop drugs and weapons, didn’t they?
One man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply, while another was given a caution after being found with a quantity of cannabis for his own use.
Two others admitted using drugs earlier in the evening.
Crimes of the century, eh?
BTP Inspector Andy Irwin-Porter said the operation had been a success and they were looking at repeating it again in the future.
He said: “It was a successful joint operation that served to reassure people that they can feel safe and be safe when they come to enjoy a night out in Bath.
“Many of the problems in the city are caused by people visiting Bath for a night out, travelling into the city by train. They don’t have the same belonging and responsibilities towards those who live and work in the city and the effects that disorder brings to the reputation of a beautiful and historic place.”
Welcome to Britain 2012, where nothing says ‘Safe’ like a line of police scanning everyone for drugs and weapons. And where ‘outsiders’ are the ones that cause all trouble.