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Crime Figures Show Rail Safety 'Urgent Priority' - Cortes

5 September 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has urged the Government to tackle the issue of public safety on Britain's railways as a 'matter of urgent priority' after new figures showed a sharp rise in violent crime.

The data from British Transport Police (BTP) revealed a 12 per cent increase in crime including a massive increase in violent and sexual offences. Violent crime has risen by 17 per cent and sexual offences have increased by 8 per cent on the railways.

British Transport Police recorded 68,313 crimes in 2018/19, up from 60,867 during the previous 12 months.

Manuel Cortes said: “This is a truly shocking rise which Ministers must tackle as a matter of urgent priority. The public and our members should not have to face the threat of violence in the course of their daily lives, simply by catching a train.

“Shapps and the Department for Transport must act now to give BTP the resources needed to tackle this head-on.

“What’s also required is a complete rethink on staffing levels. For years we have seen brutal cuts to staffing across the network. This is wrong-headed profit driven madness in which crime has thrived.

“What’s really needed if we are to have a long-term fix to escalating crime is to bring our railways back under public control – as a properly resourced public service.”

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