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Railways

Transport written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) vandalism and (ii) trespass on rail lines by (A) adults and (B) juveniles in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The British Transport police have provided the following table which shows the number of reported incidents of criminal damage/malicious mischief and of trespass on the railway over the last five years. There are no separate statistics for vandalism and the statistics are not available by region.

2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Criminal damage/malicious mischief offences
England/Wales (exc. LU) 5,090 4,774 4,978 6,480 6,661
London Underground 693 725 925 1,509 1,470
Scotland 753 531 599 563 605
Total 6,536 6,030 6,502 8,552 8,736
Railway trespass offences
England/Wales (exc. LU) 13,445 14,727 15,099 14,080 13,001
London Underground 23 28 91 242 357
Scotland 1,927 2,024 2,029 2,060 2,025
Total 15,395 16,779 17,219 16,382 15,383

The following table shows the number of offences prosecuted for criminal damage and for railway trespass for adults and juveniles, based on the date of the offence. The British Transport police do not hold data on Scottish prosecutions.

2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Criminal damage offences prosecuted—adults
England/Wales (exc. LU) 413 449 442 414 312
London Underground 83 87 118 109 71
Total 496 536 560 523 383
Criminal damage offences prosecuted—juveniles
England/Wales (exc. LU) 218 196 183 194 199
London Underground 35 49 36 36 92
Total 253 245 219 230 291
Railway trespass offences prosecuted—adults
England/Wales (exc. LU) 237 457 412 522 448
London Underground 11 11 14 23 17
Total 248 468 426 545 465
Railway trespass offences prosecuted—juveniles
England/Wales (exc. LU) 199 266 245 254 209
London Underground 10 6 4 3 13
Total 209 272 249 257 222

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