A newly-published report shows that the number of sex assaults recorded on trains and stations across the UK has dramatically increased.
According to figures released by the British Transport Police (BTP) 1,399 sexual assault were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales in 2014-15, showing a 25% year-on-year increase.
The figures cover the 12 months to the end of March.
BTP Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock described the rise in violent crimes as a major concern, saying many of the sexual offences go unreported.
“We know that these types of assaults are happening to lots of people and they are not telling us about it,” he noted.
The BTP says it has already increased the number of police officers and railway staff on duty in the evenings and at peak times to combat sex crimes.
It has also helped launch an awareness campaign called “Report It To Stop It” in an effort to encourage victims to report sex assaults on trains