Pair used "unnecessary force" to eject the passenger from Liverpool Central Station
Above is a link to an article in the Liverpool Echo outlining a case of the extremely heavy handed approach of some bylaw enforcement officers employed by Carlisle Support Services on Merseyrail trains and stations.
For those that can't access the link, below is the extracted text from the article:
"Two security guards injured a man so badly as they removed him from Liverpool Central Station that they broke his leg and left him with life-changing injuries.
John Smitton, from Anfield, and John Moncrieff, from Wigan, used "unnecessary force" to eject the passenger from the city centre station.
The victim, who Merseyrail had decided was too drunk to travel, was being removed from the station on September 6, 2018.
But Smitton and Moncrieff - employees of Carlisle Security Services - got involved, pushing the man face-first into the wall, with his face hitting the corner of the wall.
The man turned around to face the pair who then pinned him to the ground with such force that the victim repeatedly cried out in pain and begged for them to let go.
The victim suffered two breaks to his leg and concussion from the assault.
He was immediately rushed to hospital by ambulance.
He has since had seven separate operations on his leg and doctors believe the injury could be life-altering.
Smitton, 39, of Elderdale Road, Anfield and Moncrieff, 49, of Silverdale Road, Orrell, Wigan were sentenced and received suspended sentences, meaning they walked free.
They pleaded guilty to affray, while a third security officer was found not guilty at a trial in August last year.
At Liverpool Crown Court each man received a 12 month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and both were ordered to complete 240 hours unpaid work.
Both are also subject to a four month electronic curfew.
British Transport Police detective constable Scott Mccabe said: “This was a clear instance of security officers using unnecessary force to remove someone from the railway.
“The victim continues to struggle with health issues caused by the assault and we are pleased that the matter has now been concluded.”
Carlisle Security Services declined to comment."
This episode highlights yet another case of the aggressive approach employed by CSS bylaw enforcement staff on Merseyrail. Do they have a vetting process to ensure they aren't taking on unsuitable, potentially unstable people in these roles?
I think now is a time for Merseyrail to review their practices and relationship with Carlisle Support Services?
Merseyrail have recently extended the duties of Carlisle Support Services Bylaw Enforcement officers to cover revenue protection duties onboard too including issuing penalty fare notices. I dread to think how this will play out now.
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