British Transport police deployed to rail network to enforce ban on unnecessary travel during lockdown

FIVE hundred transport cops are patrolling the UK's rail network tonight to enforce the PM's coronavirus travel clampdown.

They have been tasked with making sure passengers know ONLY those making essential journeys for work should now be using the Tube and trains.

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Sean O'Callaghan, Assistant Chief Constable at British Transport Police, said: "The measures announced yesterday by the Prime Minister are there to save lives which is part of the work our officers do every day.

"We are supporting rail operators and those key workers making their journeys home tonight by deploying 500 officers across the rail network nationally.

"They will be patrolling stations, supporting railway staff and reminding the public of the urgent need to follow the government advice – only those making essential journeys for work should be using the Tube and rail network.

"We strongly urge the rest of the public to do the right thing and help us save lives by staying at home and slowing the spread of the virus."

Earlier today we told how Londoners rammed tube services across the capital less than 12 hours after Boris Johnson ordered Brits to stay home to stop coronavirus.

Furious commuters were forced to cram onto trains and buses after Sadiq Khan cut back transport services.

Many could be key workers, or employed in jobs that don't allow them to work at home – but are now having to travel on reduced services.

A NHS nurse was just one to share a photo of a packed Tube this morning, saying: "This is my tube this morning. I live in zone 4 and work in a zone 1 hospital.

"I love my job, but now I'm risking my health just on the journey in?!

"@SadiqKhan put the tube service back to normal so we can all spread out, or @BorisJohnson start policing who's getting on. Help me!"

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