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More violent crime reported on our local railways uncovered by Lib Dems

October 21, 2019 9:20 AM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

More violent crime reported on our local railways has been uncovered by the Lib Dems

Crime recorded at Black Country railway stations increased by 66% last year including a worrying number of violent and sexual offences, new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show.

British Transport Police released data to Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats that shows that the force recorded 911 crimes in 2018 up from 548 during 2016.

The latest figures show that thefts and assaults were the most common offence recorded on the network - accounting for around one-in-three of all crimes.

Cannabis possession offences over the period rose from 18 cases to 42, public order offence including affray rose from 72 cases to 146. There were also 50 sexual offenses committed over the period including sexual assaults and cases of outraging public decency.

The figures also show that six hoax bomb threats and four cases of exposure were called in at Birmingham New Street station. A case of Possess Firearm or Imitation Firearm was logged at Birmingham's Snow Hill station.

Birmingham New Street logged 1420 crimes, Wolverhampton 199 crimes and Birmingham International Station rounded out the top three with 118 crimes logged by the cops.

The safest station in our area is Stourbridge Town station with just one crime logged over three years.

In the Black Country, Dudley Port had 34 crimes, Sandwell and Dudley 31 crimes, Smethwick Galton Bridge 26 including one case of attempted murder at the station, Coseley had 14 crimes registered and Smethwick Rolfe Street just 13.

Walsall had 44 crimes logged and The Hawthorns had 21 crimes logged by British Transport Police.

At Wolverhampton Station the data shows that we saw a case of heroin possession, a case of voyeurism, 8 assaults and 3 further cases of assaulting a police officer, 11 cases of cannabis possession and two cases of intent to supply cannabis, 27 cases of assault, 6 cases of damage including one to a bicycle, 7 cases of theft, 24 bicycle thefts and two thefts of a motor vehicle.

Commenting, Wolverhampton Liberal Democrat campaigner Jon Page said:

"With increased reports of criminal activity at the station leaving many rail users feeling unsafe, it is time we looked at bringing in more CCTV cameras and better lighting were required as a matter of urgency at Black Country stations.

"These figures show a worrying number of violent and sexual offences happening at our stations and on our trains.

"As well as a fear of crime there are also wider concerns regarding the availability of trains at local stations. Even at peak commuting times, trains often have a couple of carriages, which is not sufficient to meet the demand."

Ends

Notes to editors - The data on crimes committed at certain stations in the Black Country and Birmingham is attached. The data is broken down by station and by crime.

If you use this data please mention Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats.