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Patrols stepped up by BTP on the Shore’s rails

Following complaints from railway staff and passengers, British Transport Police is stepping up patrols on stations and trains in the north east as fans of reality tv show, Geordie Shore, flood to Newcastle and mimic the action featured on the show.

Sergeant Stephanie Reynolds said:

“Passengers have reported problems from large groups travelling on the trains…Anti-social behaviour, often swearing, playing loud music and shouting, (is) disturbing other passengers.

“We have had officers on these services and at stations warning revellers of their behaviour which has seen a reduction of incidents. However, we are not complacent and will continue to have officers onboard to reduce this issue.”

Police are concerned that the popular show, based on Jersey Shore in the US, is making Newcastle a magnet for wild party-goers, hen and stag nights.

The show, an unwitting tribute to societal collapse in modern Britain, details the drink-fuelled antics of eight friends as they fight, have sex and get drunk.

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah is unhappy with the show which she describes as, ‘bordering on pornographic. It’s exploiting those young people and exploiting our city.’

Prince opens Llandovery station

Llandovery station in Carmarthenshire has been refurbished and smartened up by volunteers.

The station building, which was closed in 1992, was re-opened by HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Llandovery now boasts a new waiting room, café and a display of historic local artefacts.

A plaque was unveiled and the royal couple met members of the Heart of Wales Line Development Company and Friends of Llandovery Station, who will run the new facility.

“We’ve all learned a lot and our plans are to use this experience to spearhead more development work along the Heart of Wales Line,” says Gill Wright of the Heart of Wales Line Development Company.

Marc beats Tube Challenge

Manchester man, Marc Gawley, has visited all 270 London Underground stations in under 17 hours, setting a new world record.

The challenge has strict rules and is verified by the Guinness book of records. Marc, who has a physics degree from Oxford University, completed his tube day tour in 16 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds.

33 year old Marc is a management consultant and used his skills, both managerial and mathematical, to work out the shortest and fastest route. He had to call at every station, so long as the train stops, it counts.

The Tube Challenge started back in 1959.

Marc slashed 15 minutes off the previous record. On the journey he made videos showing times and stations signs.



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