Al­most half of crimes at rail sta­tions go un­solved

... AND THE NUM­BER OF OF­FENCES IS ON THE RISE

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Sarah Hodg­son

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

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