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Costa sprays against the wind on capsicum trial claim

<p>Western Australian transport authorities have refuted New South Wales transport services minister Michael Costa’s suggestion that train guards in Perth have trialed a controversial capsicum gel spray.</p> <p>They say they have no knowledge of the trial he referred to when suggesting that Sydney train guards should be equipped with the gel.</p> <p>The <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em> reports that Mr Costa’s office maintains transit officers briefed him on the gel when he was on a train in Fremantle earlier this year.</p> <p>But his WA counterpart, Alannah MacTiernan, said the gel had never been used on Perth’s government-owned transit systems, the paper said.</p> <p>The NSW Police Association and the Greens have already opposed Mr Costa’s gel spray idea. </p> <br />