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Posted: 8/22/2005 7:57:52 PM EDT


See-through 'freedom bags' offered to Tube commuters


A RANGE of see-through bags aimed at commuters left nervous by the London bombings was launched yesterday.

It is claimed the "freedom bags" will make passengers feel more at ease on the Tube, on buses and in public places.

The launch follows "noticeable distrust" towards people carrying rucksacks and large bags in enclosed spaces, according to the Assist Safety Project, which came up with the scheme.

The bags will help police carry out searches more quickly, the group said.

Prices range from £19.99 to £29.99. For every bag sold, 10 per cent will be donated to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund to help those who suffered loss and injury in the 7 July terror attacks.

Each bag is made from clear vinyl, with mesh pockets and padded shoulder straps.

Bob Fitzjohn, director of the Assist Safety Project, said carrying clear bags would help passengers regain their confidence in public transport.

"If we all carry a bag that poses no threat whilst travelling on public transport, visiting a football or rugby match or just in a department store, we are giving the message that we are prepared to let others know that we're not a threat," he said.

The not-for-profit project was founded in 2003 to assist schools and parents.
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