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Rise in sex offences on trains and tubes

Sex offences on underground trains are on the increase Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

New figures from British Transport Police have revealed a rise in the number of people being sexually assaulted on trains and tubes.

Nationwide, the number of sexual offences recorded in 2013/4 was 1,117, a 20.8% increase on the previous year.

On the London Underground and DLR, while total crime was the same as last year, sex crimes were up 31.2% and violence against passengers up 9.5% Drugs offences were up 54.5%

On the south east rail network, total crime was down 3%, and violent crime was down 5%, but sex offences were up 30% and those involving drugs jumped 57%.

British Transport Police officers monitor passengers at Stratford station Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The force says an increased awareness of the need to report sexual assaults is partly behind the rise.

"Part of this increase can be attributed to the high-profile prosecutions of celebrities for historical offences which have, undoubtedly, given victims more confidence to come forward."

– British Transport Police

But unions reacted angrily, with Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the RMT saying: "The 10% increase in violence on LU and the DLR should also serve as a wake-up call to London Mayor Boris Johnson who is ploughing ahead with his own plans to remove station and platform staff and close ticket offices. The cuts to jobs and services have to be reversed if we are to stop our transport services from descending deeper into the kinds of criminals' paradise that is exposed in these horrific new statistics."

Union meets to fight Tube cuts plans

Transport union the RMT is gathering its members together in central London as part of its campaign to halt cuts to Tube services.

The plans outlined by Mayor Boris Johnson include cutting the number of station staff, closing ticket offices, and introducing driverless trains.

The RMT says the austerity measures will not only mean job losses, but impact on safety and services.

The event aims to inform trade union members as well as the public about the issues and to discuss the next campaigning steps.

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Extended Tube strike 'is not affecting services'

London Underground says an extended strike by power workers is not affecting Tube services. Staff have walked out until July 15 in a dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.

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Richard Jones, London Underground's head of command and control, said:

"Whether this action lasts for eight days or longer, our customers will not be affected. We simply will not give in to wild pay claims at the expense of fare and taxpayers.

"The unions have already rejected lump sum payments of £13,700 and salary increases of up to 7% in exchange for increased productivity."

Tube strike 'won't affect services', says London Undergound

An eight day strike by London Underground power workers is set to go ahead tomorrow after talks to resolve a row over pensions and working conditions failed. Members of the RMT and Unite are due to walk out from 8pm on Tuesday.

London Underground says the action will have no impact on Tube services. Unions claim there will be some disruption.

This dispute is over an all-out attack on the power control grade that would hit pensions, length of service and working conditions and damage the futures of this key group of tube workers. Management's claim that they can run the system without them is both provocative and dangerous.

– Mick Cash, RMT

Due to detailed planning there will be no visible impact on the network should the strike action go ahead.

– Richard Jones, London Underground
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