Drug Crime Rockets On London Underground
Thursday 21st August 2014
Drug-related crime has rocketed on the London Underground.
The British Transport Police revealed that arrests incidents involving drugs on the Tube and Docklands Light Railway rose 55% last year.
This is substantially higher than the national rise of 15%.
Cases of violence against the person on the Underground have also risen - going from 8,123 in 2012/13 to 8,425 in 2013/14.
It comes as sexual crimes on the nation's trains have risen 20% in the last year.
Michael Roberts, director general of rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said: "Britain's railway has been transformed into Europe's' most improved and fastest-growing network and it's good news for passengers that the overall crime rate has fallen for the 10th successive year.
"The rise in some crimes, however, remains a concern which is why the industry will continue to work closely with the police to prosecute offenders.
"The safety and security of passengers and staff is taken extremely seriously and millions of pounds have been spent funding the BTP, improving CCTV at stations and hiring additional security to keep people safe."
Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the RMT transport union, said: "These are truly shocking figures which just illustrate the complacency over the safety of the travelling public which is endemic amongst the train companies, the regulators and the politicians.
"The 20% increase in sexual offences on the railways should force an immediate halt to the on-going programme to remove guards from our trains and the Government-endorsed plans to close ticket offices and de-staff stations. Clearly we need more staff in public view, across the network, to deter the criminals and halt this appalling surge in attacks on women.
"The 10% increase in violence on LU and the DLR should also serve as a wake-up call to London Mayor Boris Johnson who is ploughing ahead with his own plans to remove station and platform staff and close ticket offices.
"The cuts to jobs and services have to be reversed if we are to stop our transport services from descending deeper into the kinds of criminals' paradise that is exposed in these horrific new statistics."