Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport for London (TfL) Transport, Support and Enforcement Officers in December 2020.
The officers were deployed to enforce the then legal requirement to wear a face covering on public transport.
Footage from body worn cameras was successfully used to help secure a conviction for common assault by beating of the two TfL enforcement officers.
The woman was verbally abusive to staff after being asked to comply with face covering regulations. After TfL uniformed officers refused her travel, she physically assaulted them. The officers took her from the station and she was arrested by British Transport Police.
She had to pay court costs, victim surcharge and compensation to the victims for a total amount of £280.
Since the end of 2020, 4,500 body cameras for staff have been in operation across the TfL network to help reduce workplace violence. They have been shown to reduce the number of incidents of violence and aggression towards staff.
Wearing a face covering on all TfL services and in TfL stations is still required under TfL’s Condition of Carriage for anyone aged 11 and over, unless they are exempt. TfL’s 500 uniformed enforcement officers continue to ask customers to comply with the rules of the network, and anybody who does not comply may be refused entry.
Head of transport policing and community safety Mandy McGregor said: “Our staff have the right to do their job without fear or intimidation and we do not tolerate any violence, aggression or threatening behaviour towards them.
“This was an appalling act of violence against two members of staff who were simply trying to do their jobs and we’re pleased that the offender has been brought to justice.
“Body worn video footage continues to provide vital evidence to the police and serves as a powerful deterrent to those who intend on abusing our staff.”
In 2020/21 there were 1,740 offences reported to the police, relating to violence and aggression against TfL employees and the employees of TfL’s operators and contractors. Of these, 9 per cent were physical assaults leading to an injury; 41 per cent were assaults without injury; 50 per cent were public order offences including verbal assaults and threatening behaviour.