STAFF from a ScotRail unit formed to deter anti-social behavior have been attacked on a train – leaving one member in hospital.
Three members of the ‘Travel Security Team’, established in October, were attacked on the service between Paisley Gilmour Street and Hillington East on April 15.
British Transport Police (BTP) said a member of staff was treated in hospital and released the following day.
It comes after a ticket examiner was traumatized trying to eject brawling teenagers from another ScotRail service last week.
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A BTP spokesman said: ‘Officers received a report of an assault on railway staff on board a train between Paisley Gilmour Street and Hillington East stations just after 10pm on April 15.
“Three railway staff and a man were slightly injured as a result of the attack.
“No arrests have been made at this time and investigations are ongoing.
“We have increased our high visibility patrols in Scotland following anti-social behavior on trains.”
Unions have demanded more police on trains and said staff will boycott routes plagued by anti-social behavior unless further action is taken.
RMT Scotland organizer Mick Hogg said: ‘The travel security team were challenged and assaulted.
“They are not the answer. We welcome more jobs, but the travel teams are not there to deal with anti-social behavior.
“We need more construction visuals in stations and on trains.
“It will no longer be tolerated for staff to be assaulted.”
Assaults on railway staff in Scotland rose by 11% to 72 between April and December last year, compared to 65 in the same period in 2019, according to BTP figures.
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Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth told MSPs in February that members of the Travel Security team “bring with them a wealth of experience working in front-line customer-facing roles”.
She said: “This is the kind of initiative aimed at the public that we should encourage, as we know that when staff are deployed in teams, even a mere presence can have a deterrent effect, helping to keep the public safe. .”
ScotRail said: “The team has been designed to be a responsive resource with the ability to quickly focus on emerging hotspots.
“They actively engage and educate individuals and groups about the impact of unsafe behavior on or around the rail environment.
“We found a drop in reported events during and after the antisocial behavior drills.”
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ScotRail’s Head of Security and Crime, Stephen Elliot, said: “The safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority.
“Antisocial behavior, whether physical abuse, verbal abuse or any other form, is totally unacceptable.
“Everyone has the right to spend their day in peace, so we will continue to work with the authorities to ensure that anyone responsible for anti-social behavior is brought to justice.”