We're all supposed to be on heightened alert for terror attacks, right? So abandoned, suspect bags should be dealt with under the HOT procedure, right? Or is it one rule for operational staff but another for Line Control?
The problem for the company is that dealing properly with a suspect package might delay the service. And we can't have that, can we? Bomb risk? Pah! We've got train miles to rack up.
But District Line Control seem to have found a way round this, by telling station supervisors that there is 'lost property' to be retrieved from a train then being mysteriously evasive about whether anyone has actually reported it lost. It's a risk to passengers, drivers and station staff and they should knock it on the head.