Rise in robberies as railway crime falls

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Crime on the railways is on the decrease but the number of pickpocketing offences has grown, British Transport Police reported yesterday.

Overall crime in 1994-95 fell 4 per cent with the number of violence and sexual offences down by almost one-fifth compared with 1993-94, the BTP annual report showed. But robberies - most in southern England - increased nearly 12 per cent to 1,846. Crime on British Rail was down more than 7 per cent but London Underground crime, mainly pickpocketing, rose 7.5 per cent - the first increase for seven years.