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Rail passengers can text crime to transport police

From today, rail passengers will be able to report incidents via their mobile phones, as a new text number is launched by British Transport Police.

Travellers will be able to use the 61016 number to report anti-social behaviour, similar to the 101 non emergency numbers used by the police.

The 61016 number will be used to report non emergencies on the train Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The number, which will be monitored around the clock, has the capacity to send police if required.

BTP deputy chief constable Paul Crowther said: "We hope that the ease of being able to send a quick text message will encourage more passengers to report incidents when they occur. By building up a more accurate picture, we can better focus our resources."