Two brothers have been banned from the entire NET tram network after repeated incidents of fare evasion and anti-social behaviour.
Lloyd Russell, 25, and Jason Russell, 34, of no fixed abode were both issued with a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order banning them from the tram system at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday, December 7.
They were also sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and fined £285 and £200 respectively.
Nottingham City Councillor Nicola Heaton said: “Passengers and staff on public transport rightly expect not to be subjected to antisocial behaviour, so this is an excellent outcome that offers them protection.”
On at least two occasions in June 2016, tram staff had to escort the brothers off the tram for travelling without tickets.
Then in September they boarded the tram in Bulwell and were threatening and abusive towards fellow passengers, including throwing water over one passenger.
The brothers’ actions were caught on film by a passenger and posted on social media, prompting outraged reactions from viewers.
Police Inspector Ruby Burrow said: “This pair had continuously threatened and verbally abused staff and innocent members of the public for some time. They proved that they are not responsible enough to use the tram service so I am pleased that they have received this ban.
“I would like to thank those who videoed their behaviour, which was a huge help to the investigation.”
A NET spokesman said: “We’re pleased to see that such strong action has been taken against these two individuals for what was clearly unacceptable behaviour.
“Fortunately such incidents are rare, but the welfare of our customers and staff is our top priority and we maintain a zero-tolerance policy on foul and abusive behaviour anywhere on our network.”
Both brothers were charged with Section 4a & 5 Public Order offences, and Jason an additional charge of common assault.
If either of the brothers breaches the court order, they risk arrest and a possible five-year prison sentence.