July 27, 2012 12.56 pm This story is over 110 months old

EMT launches anti-discrimination scheme with police

No more harassment: East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire Police joined force to tackle discrimination on its services.

East Midlands Trains has partnered up with two police forces to help put a stop to discrimination against learning disabled people on its network.

The rail operator worked with Lincolnshire Police and the British Transport Police to launch the “Keep Safe” scheme.

It focuses on displaying orange stickers and badges in places where disabled people can go for help, if they are being harassed.

Research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that many learning disabled people worry about taking public transport. They fear being victimised on trains and in stations.

Some of the people who responded to the inquiry said they had been laughed and stared at. Other passengers also made comments about them.

This led to some individuals changing their travel times or even not going out at all.

Lincolnshire Police said it takes all takes discrimination incidents very seriously.

“We hope people will not suffer in silence and report any incident they experience or witness,” the force added.

If you are victim to harassment, or witness harassment taking place, contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Source: Lincolnshire Police

Spotted an error? Please notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.