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MPs' report reveals hundreds of runaway children found at railway stations

In a 17-month period, 239 runaway children were found at Liverpool Street station. Credit: PA

A report by the House of Commons Transport Committee has revealed that hundreds of runaway children are being found by the British Transport Police at London's railway stations. Children who have left home often congregate at stations and the report said there is evidence they are targeted by pickpockets or gangs involved in sexual exploitation.

Over a 17-month period between April 2012 and August 2013, the BTP dealt with more than 750 runaway children at stations in London:

  • 239 at Liverpool Street
  • 230 at Euston
  • 185 at King's Cross
  • 115 at Paddington

The MPs have called for the BTP to improve their child protection measures.