Almost half of crimes at rail stations go unsolved
... AND THE NUMBER OF OFFENCES IS ON THE RISE
ALMOST half of crimes reported at North Wales railway stations go unsolved, figures reveal.
Figures provided by the British Transport Police reveal that officers have investigated 563 incidents at stations in the region since 2015.
But for 249 of them – 44% of those reported over the last three years – those responsible were not brought to justice.
Officers have been called led to a number of incidents at train stations in the region, n, with offences ranging from assault and sexual offences to drug offences and even a bomb hoax.
Other incidents include thefts of cables, bicycles and other items, s, including from buffet carts rts and vending machines.
The figures show that, , in a quarter of crimes (145) investigated by British Transport Police at railway stations, charges or court summons were issued to su suspects, wh while 47 case cases were dealt with w outside of the th courts. On 69 occasions there were “evidential difficulties” so a prosecution could not be brought, while there were 26 times when prosecution was “prevented” or deemed to not be in the public interest.
The level of crimes recorded across the region has increased in the last few years with 138 incidents recorded across North Wales in 2015, 179 in 2016 and 201 the following year – an increase of 45.6% from 2015 to 2016. A total of 45 offences have been reported so far this year.
The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, reveal that the station where the most crimes have been reported is Rhyl, with 72 offences recorded since 2015.
Bangor and Llandudno had the second highest, with 57 each, while British Transport Police were called to Wrexham General a total of 53 times during the time period.
Supt Andy Morgan from British Transport Police, said: “Thankfully, the chances of being a victim of crime on the rail network in North Wales remains very low.
“Nevertheless, our neighbourhood policing teams in North Wales are committed to tackling crime on the network and ensuring it remains a low crime environment.
“We have officers across the rail network and at stations, who are there to make sure passengers feel reassured when travelling and to stop crime before it happens.
“I am grateful for the continued support, particularly from the Welsh Government, who help fund additional PCSO and officer positions in North Wales.
“Many of the cases where a suspect was not identified were for more minor offences, such as theft and anti-social behaviour – sometimes long after the event has occurred. “Whilst we will always endeavour to investigate every offence thoroughly, it does mean that sometimes we are hindered by the time that has elapsed, CCTV is inconclusive or other reasons.
“We’d continue to encourage victims of crime to report this to us discreetly sending a text on 61016.”
Rhyl station has seen the most crimes reported since 2015. Left: Supt Andy Morgan of British Transport Police