Officers from British Transport Police are encouraging passengers to report any unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network.
A short film called Report it to stop it, promoted through Video on Demand channels such as All4, Now TV and YouTube, follows a woman’s journey in which she experiences escalating incidents of unwanted sexual behaviour on board a train.
Viewers are encouraged to interact with the film by deciding at which point they would report the incident by texting 61016.
The purpose of the video, which is aimed at women aged between 16 and 35, is to tackle under-reporting by raising awareness that people can, and should, report all behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable and that the police will seek to take action as a result.
All front line staff working for BTP have undertaken additional training to raise awareness of what constitutes unwanted sexual behaviour. In tandemn, we have strengthened investigations of sexual offences and detection rates are on the rise.
“Everyone has the right to travel on the transport network safely and we will not tolerate any unwanted sexual behaviour. We want the travelling public to feel confident that we take every sexual incident seriously, no matter what has happened, and we believe what is reported to us. By working with our partners we want people to feel encouraged to report unwanted sexual behaviour, and to know we will do everything we can to find those responsible.”
Unwanted sexual behaviour is anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You can report anything of a sexual nature, including rubbing, groping, masturbation, leering, sexual comments and indecent acts. You don’t have to prove that it was a criminal offence or intentional to report it, the police can investigate that for you.
A Tumblr site has also been created to provide information to help break down the barriers that prevent reporting unwanted sexual behaviour.
The site will ensure there is one location for all the information people need and actions they can take to report.
A stark warning has been issued to anyone who might misuse level crossings. The British Transport Police say that thousands of cyclists, motorists and pedestrians are continuing to put themselves at risk of death or injury - by trying to beat the barriers at level crossings.
In the last few months, alone, the British Transport Police has charged or issued summons to 400 motorists for traffic offences, issued fixed penalties to 357 people, and offered awareness courses to 568.
Now in one of the biggest ever crackdowns, police will be out in force across every region this week, using the latest technology to catch offenders - and warn of the dangers.
Tina Hughes who lost her daughter in a level crossing accident was there at the launch of the initiative to back the awareness campaign. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
The other interviewees are Inspector Becky Warren, British Transport Police; PC Simon Spencer-Briggs, a Mobile Safety Officer; and Clive Robey from Network Rail.
Four men who pleaded guilty to affray following violent disorder at Southampton Central station, have been sentenced.
Leon Hine, 20, has been jailed for 15 months for affray and six months for endangering safety. Alex Leigh, 20, has been jailed for 12 months for affray.
Two 21-year-olds Liam Sherred-Ball and Jake Mellor were both sentenced to 12 months in prison and suspended for two years. They were also ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.
The level of violence during this incident was appalling. Several members of staff were threatened, and one had his nose broken during the affray. A member of the public who attempted to calm the situation was also injured, and other passengers on the train were left feeling threatened and scared by the situation
A 34-year-old man from Kent has been jailed for 28 months for stealing luggage from trains at major London stations, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Gareth Colclough, from Eastbrook Place in Dover, was jailed for 21 months for the theft of nine items of luggage, with a further five taken into consideration. He was also sentenced to seven months behind bars for shoplifting and breach of sentence.
The court heard how Colclough stole nine items of luggage in less than a month – snatching suitcases and laptop bags from luggage racks on trains at King’s Cross and Paddington moments before the doors closed
Detective Constable David Graney, who led the BTP investigation, said:
Even though theft of passenger property was down by 17 per cent nationally this year, we are still persistently pursuing repeat offenders.
Colclough was a career criminal who targeted unsuspecting passengers, moments after they had placed their property in train luggage racks. He travelled up from Dover on an almost-daily basis, scouring trains for unattended bags to snatch.
Figures out today reveal crime on the regions rail network is down for the tenth year running.
Reported offences reduced 3.6 per cent but sex crimes are up 20 per cent and violence has also increased. There is also concern at the level of anti-social behaviour.
Meanwhile a reorganisation of the British Transport Police will see an extra 200 officers on trains and stations.
British Transport Police are continuing their investigation after one of their officers was assaulted at Aylesbury station on Friday 20 September.
Today the police released a CCTV image of the man they'd like to speak to in connection with the attack. PC Robert Maulini, the investigating officer, said:
"Around 9pm, the victim, a member of staff approached a man who was seen to have jumped the ticket barriers. The victim questioned the man and told him he would have to buy a valid ticket. The man then punched the victim repeatedly in the face, knocking him to the ground."
"Another man then began to verbally threaten the victim whilst he was on the floor. Both men then made off from the station."
The victim was left with minor cuts and bruises.
British Transport Police are appealing for information after a fight between two groups of people on a train at Lewes train station.
The police have released an image of the man they want to speak to in connection with the incident that happened on a Brighton to Ashford train on Saturday 31st August.
Detective Constable Nigel Craig is renewing the appeal for witnesses. He said: “After the service had pulled into Lewes station, a group of men and women on the train became involved in an altercation between another group of people who were waiting to board.
“One of the women, who was part of the group, began banging on the window close to the gap between the train and the platform.
"As a concerned member of rail staff intervened, one of the men in the group rugby tackled him to the floor, causing him to fall – with the woman – close to the platform edge. The member of rail staff was left with a graze to his knee and hand.”
British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to following a suitcase theft on a train travelling to Arundel.
The train was travelling between London Victoria and Arundel on Monday 25th November when a man who boarded at Crawley was seen removing the suitcase at 4.30.
PC Pete Cooke said: "After undertaking a wide range of enquiries to identify this man, including viewing CCTV on police intelligence systems, we are releasing them to the public in the hope that someone will recognise him."
The train was the 3.32pm London Victoria to Arundel service.
The small stolen suitcase was black with white spots and contained a sleeping bag, clothes and other items worth a total of £250.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on freephone 0800 40 50 40.
A CCTV image has been released after a man inappropriately touched a woman on a Weymouth-bound train.
The incident happened between 8.35pm-8.50pm on a train travelling from London Waterloo station.
As the train left the station, a man approached the 45-year-old woman and asked to sit next to her.
He offered to share his fast food before touching her inappropriately, leaving her distressed.
The man, who was wearing a wedding ring, left the 8.35pm London Waterloo to Weymouth service at Woking station.
Det Cons Andy Parkinson said: "This was a very intimidating experience for the victim and we will do everything in our power to catch the man responsible."
Figures out today reveal a big rise in the number of thefts from passengers.
The number of thefts has gone up ten per cent and criminal damage is also on the up.