Child abusers, thugs seen on platform attacks and window smashing teenagers on public transport.

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But unfortunately there are examples of unacceptable job-related behavior, either directed against fellow travelers or against employees who are just trying to do their job.

Public transport should be a place where everyone can feel safe when they travel – and in most cases it is.

Every passenger and employee has the right to feel safe in our public transportation system, but unfortunately this is not always the case.

Here we take a look back at some of the worst examples and alleged incidents we have seen so far in 2020.

New measures introduced in our region’s public transport network as a result of the coronavirus pandemic also mean that there are now even more important rules that passengers should follow to protect themselves and their surroundings.

No one should have to put up with this and so far this year ECHO has reported numerous cases on Merseyside buses and trains where the anti-social behaviour of a few people overstepped the mark and led to downright criminal behaviour.

A vodka-drinking mother spat at a Merseyrail passenger when he asked her to move due to social distancing rules.

The mother of six had drunk three bottles of vodka to celebrate her partner’s birthday before boarding the train.

Leanne Williams, 31, pretended to be pregnant when the victim asked her to move away.

When another passenger asked Williams to move away on June 21 this year around 8 p.m., she said, “I can’t believe I have to move because I’m pregnant,” before turning around and spitting on Christopher James’ work shirt.

Despite pleas to spare William’s prison, she was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

Williams pleaded guilty to the attack after she was dismissed from an earlier trial when she showed up drunk.

District Judge Hatton said, “It was groundless, unnecessary, it is a disgusting act at any time, let alone in the middle of a pandemic like the one we are experiencing right now.

The attack took place when a group at Braunschweig station left the train after arriving from Southport, police said.

Two men from the group got into an argument with a man who was standing in the station with his girlfriend and then followed him onto the platform.

A couple were viciously attacked by a gang of thugs on the platform of a train station.

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