‘Racism rising’ on Britain’s railways, Freedom of Information request finds

'Racism rising' on Britain's railways
Reported incidents in 2014 increased by 100 from 2013 (Picture: PA Wire)

An average of four suspected race hate crimes were reported to police every day last year – a rise of more than 100 from 2013.

Figures obtained by the Press Association via a Freedom of Information request showed that the British Transport Police recorded a total of 1,468 allegations of racially or religiously-aggravated offences in 2014.

Of those allegations, 232 involved violence and 1,069 caused harassment, alarm or distress.

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The news follows a string of incidents of alleged racism on public transport. In February, five Chelsea fans were arrested for refusing to let a black man board the tube in Paris while a woman was also investigated after appearing to tell a black Tube passenger ‘you guys used to be slaves’. In March, a woman was filmed demanding two men ‘spoke English’ while on the train.

The data represents an 8.7 percent increase over three years.

‘Although it is generally very safe to travel by train, passengers, particularly black and minority ethnic ones, will be concerned by this increase in racist crime,’ said David Sidebottom, director of watchdog Transport Focus.

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A woman appeared to tell a black man 'you guys were slaves' (Picture: YouTube)
A woman appeared to tell a black man ‘you guys were slaves’ (Picture: YouTube)

‘Passengers tell us that the best deterrent against crime is a visible staff and police presence on trains and at stations.’

RMT transport union general secretary Mick Cash said the new statistics were ‘shocking’ and accused of tube bosses of ‘complacency’.

‘De-staffed stations and over-stretched and over-crowded services are core factors in this increase in racially motivated incidents as far as our members are concerned,’ he said.

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14 April 2015 | 11:01 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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