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    According to British Transport Police, number of sexual offenses committed during railway journeys in Britain saw a 25.2-percent increase in just a year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The number of sexual offenses committed during railway journeys in Britain saw a 25.2-percent increase in just a year, the British Transport Police (BTP) said in a report published on Wednesday.

    Between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, recorded incidents of sexual crimes went up by 282 cases compared to the preceding year, to total 1,399 cases, the report revealed.

    Crimes involving violence against a person, including homicides, assaults and racially aggravated harassment, also increased by 724 cases, police said.

    At the same time total notifiable crime decreased by 8.2 percent for the 11th consecutive year due to falling numbers of robberies, theft and drug crimes, the report showed. Overall, 46,688 cases of notifiable offenses were recorded during this period.

    BTP is a special police force that works on railways and light-rail systems in the United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland.

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