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Anti-terror police to patrol Tube [Mar. 15th, 2004|12:27 pm]
Peter Sheil
Plain clothes anti-terrorist police are patrolling the public transport system in London for the first time.


Now I thought I'd ask a few questions here of any of you that use the tube, or indeed any form of public transport. Do this on your journey and report back your thoughts.

1. There is one person close to you who is a terrorist. Which one is it? Why do you think that?

2. There is one person close to you who is a undercover anti-terrorist officer. Which one is it? Why do you think that?

3. There is one (and only one) person close to you who knows how to treat you if you have a heart attack. Which one is it? Why do you think that?

4. There is one person close to you who will try and pick your pocket if they get a chance. Which one is it? Why do you think that?

Now how about the reverse ... so for questions 5 to 8 are there any people in the train / close to you who would think that you were a terrorist, an undercover anti-terrorist officer, able to treat someone having a heart attack or a potential pick-pocket.

Comment with your thoughts please.


[User Picture]From: feath
2004-03-15 04:59 am (UTC)
I like this. I'll do it next time I'm on the underground.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-03-15 05:18 am (UTC)
The reports don't say. Personally I'm not changing my attitude to using the tube 'cos that would be letting the terrorists win. Like you, howevere, I would feel uncomfortable knowing that there were potentially loaded guns close to me ... I feel the same in the US when I'm there.

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[User Picture]From: casaubon
2004-03-15 07:35 am (UTC)
I go through Gatwick airport at least once a week. Lots of openly armed police with (I think) submachine guns. A bit strange, but I'm used to it now.

Someone from the Transport Police on Radio 4 this morning said that they'd had undercover policemen on the tube for quite a while.
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[User Picture]From: lardy_bloke
2004-03-15 08:21 am (UTC)
I don't travel on the tube much these days; not woking in London anymore, but - I like this idea, and it will probably cross my mind the next time I use some form of Public Transport.
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