14 Wednesday, 4 November 2009 London Lite 230k barriers to beat fare dodgers left open Notenoughrailstaffondutyafter7pm A COMMUNITY support officer was injured and several police assaulted when college students rampaged after they were unable to get on a packed rush-hour bus. A patrolling PCSO stepped in to allow the driver of the No51 bus in the high street in Orpington, Kent, to move off but a group of students left behind began kicking the front and rear doors and trying to force open the emergency exit. The 25-year-old PCSO suffered a cut to his face in the incident yesterday at 5.30pm and was taken to hospital for treatment. Officers from Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich, as well as from the Mets territorial support group, often dubbed riot squad officers, were also attacked. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said seven teenagers were arrested. Free ride: the Peckham Rye barriers Copsinjured,sevenstudentsheldafterteenagebusrampage Inbrief Cadbury Roses will turn green CADBURY is set to replace the circular tin for its Roses chocolates with a recyclable cardboard box. In the run up to Christmas, the confectioner will trial the new box, which will hold exactly the same amount of chocolate at the same price as the tins. Cadbury said the move would see a 45 per cent weight reduction per pack and save 200 tons of steel a year. Secretaries go beyond the call SECRETARIES are bullied, undervalued and asked by their bosses to perform inappropriate tasks such as sewing trouser seams, walking dogs and helping with childrens homework, research has revealed. A survey of 1,000 secretaries and PAs found that more than a third had been asked by their boss to go beyond the call of duty. TICKET barriers installed in a station plagued by fare-dodgers at a cost of 230,000 are being left open because of staff shortages. The gates were installed at Peckham Rye station in May, but are only opera- tional until 7pm. After that they are left open because there are not enough staff to deal with passengers having problems going through them. Southern Railway spent 95,000 to upgrade the station and the Transport Department provided 230,000 for the four Oyster card barriers and information screens to crackdown on fare-dodgers. But far from cutting crime, British Transport Police figures show there were more recorded offences at the station in August and September than in the period last year, rising to 26. A Transport Department spokesman said: The gates have resulted in a 12 per cent increase in revenue, showing the number of people that were previ- ously travelling without valid tickets. Southern added that the gates will be fully staffed from April. by kevin widdop H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html