Sex­ual of­fences on Tube al­most dou­bled

Sharp rises on Metropoli­tan, Cen­tral and Cir­cle lines

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SEX­UAL of­fences on the Metropoli­tan line nearly dou­bled last year, amid a 44 per cent rise across the Tube net­work.

The num­ber of such crimes re­ported on the line rose to 47 last year from 24 in 2014 – an in­crease of 96 per cent.

There were also sharp rises on the Cen­tral (46 per cent) and Cir­cle (43 per cent) lines, ex­clu­sive anal­y­sis of fig­ures ob­tained un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act for the Gazette re­veals.

Only the Bak­er­loo line saw a drop in the num­ber of sex­ual of­fences re­ported dur­ing 2015.

In to­tal, 774 cases were re­ported to po­lice last year, com­pared with 536 in 2014. The big­gest per­cent­age in­crease was on the North­ern line, where the num­ber of of­fences recorded rose from 58 to 119 – a 105 per cent in­crease.

The Cen­tral line saw the most sex­ual crimes recorded last year of any line, with the num­ber ris­ing from 132 to 193.

British Trans­port Po­lice at­trib­uted the high num­ber of crimes on the line to the fact it has 49 sta­tions and car­ries 15 per cent of the Tube’s to­tal vol­ume of pas­sen­gers.

A BTP spokesman said: “Many of these sta­tions

Larger, busier sta­tions have a higher po­lice pres­ence”

are busy hubs with huge num­bers of peo­ple pass­ing through, so the num­bers of of­fences are al­ways likely to be higher than at smaller sta­tions.

“Larger, busier sta­tions also have a higher po­lice pres­ence, so more of­fences are likely to be recorded as a re­sult of po­lice­gen­er­ated ac­tiv­ity.”

Po­lice last year put the high num­ber of sex­ual of­fences on the Cen­tral line down to crimede­tec­tion ‘chal­lenges’, in­clud­ing the lack of CCTV on some trains.

“It has the old rolling stock and does not have CCTV. These are some of the chal­lenges we face, but it does not stop us de­tect­ing things like pick­pock­et­ing or sex­ual of­fences,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris Hor­ton of BTP told the In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Times.

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