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Waterloo tops tube's 'list of shame'

Waterloo tube station comes top of a "list of shame" for incidents involving drunk and abusive passengers at Christmas, with London Bridge not far behind.

In the weeks leading up to last Christmas there were 29 drink-related incidents at Waterloo. 23 incidents involving drunk and abusive passengers were recorded at London Bridge.

Across the Underground network 406 drink-related incidents took place, with one of them involving a death.

London Underground and the British Transport Police have put up posters at the worst affected stations warning that police patrols are being stepped up.

"We want Londoners and visitors to enjoy the festive season and to take the Tube as the safest and most reliable way to get home." says LU's Mike Brown.

"We don't want to be killjoys. If you have had a drink it makes sense to take the Tube. However, at this time of the year staff have to deal with the tragic results of accidents more often than usual."

BTP's Superintendent Andy Ball said: "We like to see people enjoying themselves but by the same token, assaults on LU staff increase at this time of the year and a festive drink is not an excuse for such behaviour."

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