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Friday night in our most genteel spa town… and police use ‘airport’ scanner to find knives and drugs

UK Daily Mail [1]
Sept 25, 2011

Police checks: A woman walks through the scanner

With its hot springs, parks and elegant crescents of honey-coloured stone, Bath is renowned as being Britain’s most genteel spa town.

But judging by the latest security measures, it has now become a magnet for yobs.

On Friday night, a 7ft-high airport-style scanner greeted passengers arriving at the railway station – to root out anyone carrying knives or drugs.

More than 20 police officers with sniffer dogs also stood guard on platforms and at ticket barriers as part of Operation Shield.

It was piloted in 2006 across rail and Tube stations in inner-city London to curb the rise of violent knife crime and was later extended to Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.

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