Police to step up late patrols at Hull's Paragon Station
EXTRA police officers could soon be patrolling Hull's Paragon Interchange on late-night shifts.
The call comes after Transport Police received almost 1,000 calls involving crime at the travel terminal in just over two years.
Between January 2010 and April this year, 927 offences were recorded of which 400 arrests were made and 125 people charged.
Some of the more serious calls involved a sexual assault on a woman on a train and a victim who suffered a broken jaw after being punched in the face.
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A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: "Although the figures show that the chances of becoming a victim of crime are very low, we know the perception doesn't always match reality and it's our aim to make sure people are not only safe, but feel safe too.
"Our officers regularly conduct high- visibility patrols at the station and we're also focusing our efforts on putting more officers out on patrol late at night, when we know people feel more anxious.
"It's important members of the community continue to report any issues of concern they have in their area as this allows us to identify any problems and set about tackling them."
In 2010, 390 offences were recorded, with 343 last year and 194 between January and April this year.
Public order offences and theft are the most common complaints as well as people being drunk and disorderly and smoking in the station.
Police were called out to deal with reports of people urinating in public, causing criminal damage, breaching Asbos and stealing.
Of the total 927 offences, 97 people received a summons while 73 people were cautioned. No further action was taken following some calls.
A police spokesman said: "With the added flow of passengers from the station and our proactive work to track offenders down, these figures show incidents are, in fact, relatively contained.
"However, we're not complacent. Passengers and rail staff rightly expect a safe and secure rail network and we'll continue working hard to carry on delivering a safer travelling environment for all."
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for transport and emergency planning, said: "We are committed to working with partners including the police and TransPennine Express to make the interchange as safe as possible for travellers.
"We also aim to reduce incidents of criminal activity and antisocial behaviour through the use of CCTV and a physical presence an the interchange."
Anyone who witnesses any crime or antisocial behaviour on the rail network in Hull should call BTP on 0800 405040.