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Resort rail station is crime hot spot

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: April 07, 2009

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TEIGNMOUTH'S train station is one of the worst in the south west for crime.

Figures just released by Network Rail put the venue sixth in a top 10 table of crime hot spots.

More than 500 incidents of railway crime involving mostly youths were recorded in the region, stretching from Cornwall to Swindon, last year.

The statistics, although down by 15 per cent from last year, have revealed that far too many young people are still putting their lives at risk with their track-side and platform antics.

Teignmouth had 17 crime matters recorded against it in 2008, compared with just seven in bigger and busier Torquay.

Incidents recorded in Teignmouth included youths throwing bottles at passing trains and youngsters playing 'chicken' by running across the track as a train approaches.

In Torquay, the offences ranged from trespass to throwing objects at moving trains.

To combat the problem Network Rail has launched its annual No Messin' campaign this Easter to continue efforts to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of playing on the railway.

More alarming crimes committed by young people in the area included throwing a chair at a train, firing air rifles at them and hanging legs off platforms.

Liz Heading, Community Safety Manager, Network Rail, said: "We're seeing some real success in bringing down the levels of railway crime in hotspot areas, but there is much more work to be done to save lives and prevent needless injury.

"We are working hard to tackle the most dangerous crimes where young people think it is fun to play 'chicken' with a 200-tonne train going at 100mph or place objects on the line, which could have catastrophic consequences."

British Transport Police deputy chief constable Andy Trotter said: "We welcome news that crime is down in the areas targeted by Network Rail.

"While the figures represent good progress, we are not going to be complacent and we will continue to work closely with our partners to reduce crime even further.

"Our officers work tirelessly alongside Network Rail to educate youngsters that the railway is no playground and that those who gain access to prohibited parts of the railway are putting their lives at risk."

The top 10 crime hotspots identified were:

1. Stapleton Road (Bristol)

2. Swindon

3. Trowbridge

4. Weston-Super-Mare

5. Truro

6. Teignmouth

7. Taunton

8. Sydney Gardens (Bath)

9. Stroud

10. Devonport

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    JOHN BARCY, Paignton  |  April 07 2009, 4:09PM

    THE PRESS AND TV RARELY TELL US IF ANYONE IS PROSECUTED FOR TRESPASS ON THE RAILWAY ( FINE £1000 ). I BELIEVE THAT DAMAGE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PROVED!

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