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Rise in sexual crimes on West Country rail network

British Transport Police say sexual offences on our rail network are up 33%. Credit: ITV West Country

There has been a big rise in sexual offences on the region's rail network, according to figures out today from the British Transport Police.

There were 55 incidents last year - that's up 33 per cent. But the force says overall crime is down for the eleventh year in a row.

It follows a campaign to target lines with the worst problems and deploy more officers at night and weekends.

BREAKING: Incident at Lawrence Hill train station


Railway Police unable to identify passengers

A group of men boarded a train at WestonMilton station shortly after 9pm.

Two of the men, in particular, made a seriesof abusive and racist comments which left passengers and train staff upset.

The men left the train at Nailsea & Backwellstation at about 9.30pm and continued to goad train staff from the platform asthe train departed the station.

Enquiries have been ongoing since theincident but we have so far been unable to identify the men we want to speakto.

– Pc Andy Boston, British Transport Police.

Alleged abusive and racist comments made on train

British Transport Police have released two CCTV images of two passengers they would like to speak to in connection with an incident onboard a train between Weston Milton and Nailsea & Backwell stations.

Police would like to speak to this man. Credit: British Transport Police

Officers say alleged abusive and racist comments were made between 9pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday 11 June, which left passengers and train staff upset.

A second passenger Police could like to speak to. Credit: British Transport Police

Train incident: Police appeal for help

A male passenger boarded the train at Cardiff and sat next to the victim, despite the carriage being virtually empty and plenty of other seats available.

During the journey, the man edged closer to the victim before touching her inappropriately.

The man got off the train at Bristol Parkway station at about 6.30pm.

Incidents of this nature are rare on the rail network but this was understandably an incredibly distressing experience for the victim, who was left very upset and shaken by what took place.

I would ask anyone who recognises the man pictured, or knows his whereabouts to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

– Pc Andy Boston, British Transport Police.

Alleged incident onboard Cardiff to Bristol train

British Transport Police have issued these CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an alleged incident where a woman was inappropriately touched during the journey.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

Railway Police say a Bristol woman in her 20s was travelling on the 17:55hrs Cardiff Central to London Paddington service on June 3rd when the alleged incident happened.

Train Police would like this male passenger to contact them. Credit: British Transport Police
Police have asked anyone who recognises this man to contact them. Credit: British Transport Police


PICTURES: Fatal level crossing crash near Taunton

The accident happened at the Athelney level crossing just before 6.30 am Credit: ITV News West Country
The car was pushed 500m down the track, killing the occupant Credit: ITV News West Country
There were around 45 people on board the train, which was travelling from Exeter to Paddington. No one on board was hurt Credit: ITV News West Country
The line between Taunton and Westbury is closed and trains have been diverted via Bristol Temple Meads Credit: ITV News West Country

One person killed in level crossing crash

British Transport Police have confirmed that one person has died after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Somerset. It happened near Athelney, which is on the line between Taunton and Castle Cary.

There were no reports of any passengers on the train being injured in the crash.

The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are stopped in the area. First Great Western is operating replacement buses between Taunton and Westbury.

Appeal for rail trespass information

Do you know these men? Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police (BTP) wish to speak to two men in relation to a trespass incident near a railway crossing in Gloucestershire.

A South West Coast steam train was approaching the level crossing at Northway near Tewkesbury on the morning of Saturday 20 October 2012, when the driver saw a man on the tracks.

Police believe the man was taking photographs of the approaching train.

The driver stopped the train at the crossing to speak to the man. There he was verbally abused by a second male.

British Transport Police say they would like to identify the men pictured to assist with their enquiries.

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.