A SUCCESSFUL project to tackle crime around Bowes Park railway station in Wood Green has been shortlisted for a major award.

The Bowes Park Initiative is one of six schemes put forward for the Commercial Union Crime Prevention and Community Safety Awards 1998.

The nomination came after crime figures plunged in response to work carried out by community groups and police to reduce offences like robbery, burglary vandalism and graffiti.

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A series of measures was taken after consultation between residents, the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, Railtrack and Haringey Council.

Among moves taken were lighting improvements, extra train staff, added police presence and clearance of foliage.

As a result, only three crimes occurred between June and December last year compared to 13 from April to June 1996.

If the scheme gets through to the finals in October, the project co-ordinators co

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