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Crime on railways rises by 12%.

A SURGE in violent and sexual offences drove a 12 per cent rise in crime recorded on the country's railways last year, new figures show.

Some 68,313 crimes were recorded by British Transport Police (BTP) in 2018/19, up from 60,867 during the previous 12 months.

Violent crime accounted for a fifth of all cases after increasing by 16 per cent year-on-year to 13,591. Sexual offences rose by eight per cent over the same period to 2,635. The Midlands showed the largest increase in public disorder and drugs offences.

Data relates to Britain's mainline railway, London Underground, Glasgow Subway and tram systems in the West Midlands, south London and the North East.

Offences of violence, which included six homicides, 14 attempted murders, 3,047 serious assaults and 8,207 assaults, rose by more than 16 per cent.

There were 1,584 sex offences against women and 113 against men.

The figures also show that public disorder rose by 8.55 per cent, with 7,993 reported cases of causing fear, alarm or distress and another 2,231 offences that were racially or religiously aggravated.

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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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