Vi­o­lent crime on rail­ways soars by 75% in five years

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY JOSH MCSTAY

VI­O­LENT crime on trains has rock­eted by 75 per cent in five years, new fig­ures re­veal.

More than 10,000 at­tacks were re­ported to British Trans­port Po­lice last year, in­clud­ing 2,400 se­ri­ous as­saults – a 30 per cent rise since 2012-13.

Mean­while, in­ci­dents such as spit­ting and push­ing have nearly dou­bled over the same pe­riod – 6,700 in the last year alone.

The shock­ing sta­tis­tics fol­low the fa­tal stab­bing of Lee Pomeroy, 51, on a train in Sur­rey last week­end.

Dar­ren Pen­cille, 35, has been charged with his mur­der and pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon.

Oliver Lewis, of Bring Back British Rail, blamed tick­et­less pas­sen­gers for the in­crease in crime. He said: “Peo­ple who have not bought tick­ets are more likely to be from so­cial groups that are more likely to com­mit crimes.”

And Tim Bel­lenger, of Lon­don Travel Watch, said: “Crim­i­nals are more likely to at­tempt to travel with­out a ticket, so if you can pre­vent them do­ing so it makes polic­ing the rail­ways eas­ier.”

STABBED Lee Pomeroy

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