If You Suspect It Report It. Maybe.

By sizemore Last edited 156 months ago
If You Suspect It Report It. Maybe.
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A new anti-terror campaign was launched across London today "to encourage the public to be vigilant and to contact police with any suspicions". New posters should already be up showing an abandoned backpack with the warning:

TWO WAYS TO FIND OUT IF IT'S SUSPICIOUS:

CALL 999

THE OTHER DOESN'T BEAR THINKING ABOUT

Unfortunately it seems that London Underground staff may have a third option for dealing with the occasional suspected terror device. Shout at the person reporting the package for delaying the train and then criticise the rest of the passengers for not dealing with the problem themselves.

This is exactly what happened last week at Bank according to a story over on This Is London.

Let's hope that the Underground staff responsible are taught to read before the end of the month and realise that the small delay of having to listen to passengers may well avoid the bigger delay of having to clear train wreckage and body parts off the Northern Line.

Last Updated 28 February 2005

Will

My way of dealing with these things is to drop-kick the offending bag as far away as possible. Safety first.

Ken

I once reported a suspicious looking package left underneath a car. This was in 1992, when IRA activity was fairly high. To their credit, the police did take the call seriously and drove round very quickly... only for someone to jump out of the van, pick up the box, give it a good shake (at which point I retreated to a safe distance), put his ear to it (presumably to listen for suspicious 'ticking' noises), and then literally chuck it into the van. None of that bomb-sniffing dog nonsense in those days.

Adrian

That story defies belief.