COMMUTERS from Widnes travelling by train to a Warrington nightclub had to go through airport-style checks.
British Transport Police officers were out in force to tackle anti-social behaviour and knife crime among large crowds of youths flocking to an under-18s event at Mr Smith's.
Officers donned high-visibility jackets for the operation on Wednesday, September 20, and used metal detectors similar to those seen in airports.
The action follows an incident in which violent gangs of youths went on a wrecking spree on a train as they made their way back from a teenage disco. The youths caused damage to the train travelling from Warrington Central to Liverpool Lime Street on Wednesday, April 12, after spending the evening at Mr Smith's.
A 14-year-old was charged with an offence linked to the night of destruction, which caused more than £6,000 of damage. But many of the other offenders escaped punishment as witnesses failed to come forward.
All commuters who used Warrington station walked through metal detectors, with a team of officers on hand to arrest anyone in possession of knives or other weapons.
Inspector Adrian Yorston, of British Transport Police, said: 'We hope our presence will prevent any incidents of disorder and reassure passengers that we do not tolerate knife crime or any form of anti-social behaviour on the railway.'
The operation was piloted in the North West at Liverpool Lime Street in March 2006. Since then, more than 4,500 people have been scanned at a number of stations.