Runcorn Aids Police Operation
TWO Runcorn colleagues leapt to the aid of police urgently needing help transporting a group of foreign nationals suspected of entering the country illegally.
Operations manager Bill Francis and traffic supervisor Adrian Miller were due to head home when they received a call for help from local police.
As the nearest bus depot, Runcorn was ideally placed to help in the operation to transport the 27 passengers, so the duo took a bus to the scene to assist.
All were examined by ambulance staff and searched before being loaded onto the bus and transported to a holding facility.
Bill said: “The majority of the passengers were transported by us, with a few exceptions such as a 20-month-old baby and some others with more serious ailments.
Chief Inspector Darren Hebden of the Northern Area Command Team commended the Arriva colleagues for their help: “We were faced with an unforeseen requirement to transport a large number of people quickly and safely. Co-operation with community stakeholders makes our job much easier and your help was a great example of this in action.”
Bill added: “We’re always looking for ways to work closely with the other stakeholders in the community and this was a good way for us to assist and play our part.”
Despite the seriousness of the situation, it was handled with good humour on the day and the police officers were to be heard singing ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ to keep spirits high.