A rise in violent attacks on Scottish train passengers has sparked concern among one of the most senior British Transport Police (BTP) officers.
Police recorded a 17 percent year-on-year increase in violent crime between April and June, along with a “significant” increase in public order incidents.
Deputy Police Commissioner Alistair Sutherland said: “We have seen an increase in the number of violent crimes against passengers during this first quarter [of 2022/23].
“Of course that’s important to us.”
The total number of such crimes rose to 103, while fewer were solved.
The clearance rate was 41 percent – 22 percentage points lower than in 2021.
BTP has linked the surge to busier post-Covid trains and more people going out at night, with alcohol “often a key triggering factor, with major hubs being hit hardest”.
Mr Sutherland also told a meeting of the Scottish Railways Policing Committee: “In terms of public order offenses against passengers there has also been a significant increase there.”
These rose 27 percent to 370, with a resolved rate of 26 percent – 15 points down from a year ago.
However, Mr Sutherland said there was “better news” on crime against railway staff.