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Better care needed for 'vulnerable children at stations'

Hundreds of runaway children are found in and round Britain's railways and more needs to be done to look after them, a report by MPs has said.

The House of Commons Transport Committee warned more than 750 children who had fled their homes were picked up by British Transport Police (BTP) at just London stations during a 17 month period.

But the committee said it was "surprised to learn" that BTP currently had no targets in relation to child protection.

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Number of vulnerable children found at train stations

According to a report from the Transport Select Committee, between April 2012 and 2013:

  • British Transport Police (BTP) had picked up 90 runaway children at Euston main line station.
  • A further 185 runaway children at King's Cross stations.
  • Some 115 at Paddington, 239 at Liverpool Street and 140 at Euston Underground station.
  • However, the report added: "The BTP told us that the problem is not confined to London and that its officers encounter vulnerable children and young people in major railway stations across Britain."

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