Southern Railway and Thameslink staff fail to spot “fake bomb” placed on train

Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017

thameslinkSouthern Railway and Thameslink staff failed to spot a fake bomb planted on a train as part of a covert security drill, despite warned to remain vigilant.


The bag was left undiscovered after it was placed behind the seat of a Thameslink train.


Tony Holland, crime and security manager at GTR, the parent company of Thameslink and Southern, told the staff in the memo that, last week the transport security inspectors from the Department for Transport carried out a covert test on one of their trains.


He added that disappointingly, the bag was not found despite being positioned in a public area of the train, and railway personnel have been seen walking past the location.


A spokesperson for Southern said the covert security test had been designed to test the cleaners employed on the service, adding that it took place at the very end of the train’s journey.


The news marks the latest in a series of damaging incidents for the operator, which also runs the Southern service, following months of travel chaos caused by industrial action that is set to continue into the New Year.


The six day strike action threatened by Southern drivers planned for the second week of January has currently been slashed to three days, though a further four days of strikes have been set for the end of the month, starting on 24 January.

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