Sexual assaults on trains double in 5 years

Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 reveal that reported sexual offences on trains and tube have more than doubled in the last five years. Campaigners attribute the rise to work done by the British Transport Police and other organisations to encourage passengers, particularly women, to report incidents.

 

Commenting on the news ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘I commend the campaign by the British Transport Police to encourage victims of sexual assaults on the railways to come forward and report them.’

 

Mick added ‘I also believe this demonstrates the need for a second member of staff on board trains to provide safety and security for vulnerable passengers.’

 

 

 


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