Station safety drives concern

COMMUTERS at Bendigo Railway station say young people making physical and verbal threats created concern.

But the majority of people at the station told the Bendigo Advertiser extra police patrols have helped deter troublemakers. 

“We need the police here to stop the idiots and rough nuts,” Graeme Beams of Kangaroo Flat said.

“A lot of young people think it’s funny pushing you around or yelling out and carrying on. The police have helped stop trouble making.”

Mark, of Elmore, said he regularly saw young people harassing strangers.

“You only have to be here about 3.30pm to 4pm. It’s full on.”

Mark said he was at the station about three times a week and said he saw a range of incidents.

“There's a lot of aggressive, foul language. Older people tend to get a bit worried.”

A man who works inside the station said the level of violence was a concern. The man, who asked not to be named, said the majority of the issues were from people getting off the buses, rather than rail passengers.

"The ratio of issues is about three to one," he said.

“There was a guy who got bashed a few weeks ago. People just stood there and watched. He was lying in a pool of blood just outside the entrance.”

“But police have certainly improved things in the past few months."

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