British Transport Police

Teenager charged after police called to station

A teenager who boarded a train at Oxenholme railway station after a hand sanitiser dispenser was tipped over on a platform has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker.

British Transport Police say they received a report of anti-social behaviour before the 17-year-old took a train heading south.

Station sanitiser dispenser
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While officers who boarded the train at Preston were restraining him on the ground, they say one of them was struck by a knee on the back of her head.

The teenager has also been charged with a public order offence.

Biker who pictured 'new toy' parked on tracks is fined

A motorcyclist who posted a picture on social media of his "new toy" parked on a level crossing has been fined £150 for endangering trains.

Bike on tracks
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South Cumbria magistrates court was told the crossing was considered "high risk" because a tunnel and a tight bend meant trains had no chance to stop and people crossing were supposed to telephone the nearest signal box before venturing onto it.

However, the rider, 42-year-old Stuart Harris Davey, of Blake Street, Barrow, didn't make the call, and he admitted a charge of endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway.

Andy Gallagher, defending, said of Davey: “This is an example of foolishness rather than any deliberate attempt to endanger anyone."

But District Judge Gerald Chalk fined Davey £150, ordered him to pay costs and a surcharge, and observed: “The potential for danger to occur on this occasion was very high."

Rail graffiti increases by 25% since lockdown

Paul O'Hare

BBC Scotland News

Rail graffiti
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British Transport Police in Scotland have recorded a 25% increase in graffiti offences since the lockdown.

The Scottish Railways Policing Committee also heard overall crime has plummeted by 69%.

This has resulted in officers being redeployed to "historical hotspots" for graffiti and cable theft.

A report on the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions also noted: "Vulnerability and homelessness has not necessarily increased but has become more visible as the rail network has been a haven for many."

The meeting also heard 1,762 crimes were recorded by BTP Scotland in 2019/20, an increase of 6%.