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New British Transport Police team for Oxford railway station

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Image caption The six-strong team will police the railway network from Charlbury, through Oxford, to Reading

British Transport Police have launched a new team at Oxford railway station to cope with a rise in passenger numbers.

The six-strong team will police the railway network from Charlbury, through Oxford, to Reading.

It comes as figures revealed an overall reduction in crime to 115 cases in 2010, compared to 142 in 2009.

Ch Supt Mark Smith, of the British Transport Police (BTP), said officers would have more time to tackle crime and get to know the local community.

"The new office will act as a base for my team to continue protecting and serving passengers and staff, as well as working closely with the rail industry to make the network as safe as possible," he said.

Previously BTP officers travelled to Oxford from London Paddington and Reading.

First Great Western director of communications, Sue Evans, said: "With an annual footfall of 5.2 million, Oxford is one of our busiest stations and we worked hard to get a dedicated BTP team for the area.

"We're delighted to be able to accommodate the BTP officers at Oxford Station, and will continue to work together to provide a secure environment for our customers."

The majority of reported incidents of crime at the station concerned bicycle thefts, followed by antisocial behaviour.

The previous BTP office on the site closed in 1992 as part of a restructuring of the unit.

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