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Texts to tackle travel crime

Rail passengers will be able to report incidents to police via text message under plans announced today.

It follows the launch of a new non-emergency text number by British Transport Police (BTP).

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The number to text to report rail crime - 61016 - full report

If you travel on the trains then it might be worth putting this text number in your mobile phone: 61016 is a new text service launched today by British Transport Police to report crime on our railways.

Anything from anti social behaviour to vandalism can be reported discreetly which it's hoped will identify problem routes and help catch offenders.

Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports and speaks to Dep Ch Const Paul Crowther and Sara Nelson of Passenger Focus.

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