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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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Union calls for 'higher police profile' at train stations

A rise in violent and sexually related crime at train stations has lead to a call for a "higher police profile" from the rail workers union.

Commenting on a report on vulnerable children at railway stations, Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, said:

While we welcome the overall fall in railway crime, we are concerned about the worrying rise in serious crime, assault, up 6%, racially aggravated, up 13% and sexual offences, up 21%.

We would like to see a higher police profile at stations and on trains which would act both as a deterrent whilst also providing security and reassurance for the travelling public.

– Manuel Cortes

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