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Monday, 25 May 2015 - 10:04
NS conductor attacked near Uitgeest
Another NS employee has become the victim of violence. A passenger traveling without a ticket "freaked out" on Saturday night when the conductor asked him to show proof of identity, ANP reports. The incident happened on the train to Uitgeest. The passenger started hitting the conductor, but the conductor managed to grab him and detain him. The police arrested the suspect when the train stopped in Uitgeest. The conductor has filed a police report. NS employees have often become the victims of violence and aggression over the past few months. The number of incidents has sparked a discussion in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, about possibly arming railway employees with a baton or pepper spray. According to State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment, it is a "difficult decision" to make and there are concerns that more weapons would lead to an escalation of violence instead of preventing it.