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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

West London Tube pest gets ASBO & Jail

West London Tube pest gets ASBO & JailLuckily I've not had the misfortune to come across this guy, even though I do use South Kensington station a fair bit. The British Transport Police (BTP) report that "David Ellis (66), of no fixed abode, was sentenced at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 20 February after persistently threatening and intimidating staff and passengers at Gloucester Road and South Kensington LU stations."

"Ellis would walk around the two stations growling at women and children, and pushing women out of his way. He spat at passengers and harassed them for money in the station booking halls, smoked cigarettes on the stations and made hoax phone calls using station payphones to the emergency services.

Despite being arrested and ejected from the stations on many occasions, Ellis would return and continue to harass passengers and staff
."

BTP Police Constable Kelly Sellers said:

"We are very pleased with the ASBO served against Mr Ellis. His language towards staff and passengers was foul and racist, and his behaviour was intimidating and threatening.

"This result has been achieved through months of evidence gathering by BTP officers.

"Passengers and staff who expressed concern will now be able to travel through and work on these stations without fear of further nuisance and intimidation from Ellis, who faces up to five years in prison if he breaches this order.

"Everyone has the right to travel or work on the Tube and go about their business without being subjected to this sort of abuse and the four month sentence and ASBO handed down to Ellis shows just how seriously this type of crime is treated by BTP and the courts."


I find it particularly nasty how he picked on women & children, probably knowing that a man would deck him. As the BTP say, everyone has a right to work & travel on the London Underground without being growled and spat at or racially abused. Let's hope the ASBO works when he gets out of jail.


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