Hull Paragon a hotspot for antisocial behaviour and trespassing

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Hull Paragon a hotspot for antisocial behaviour and trespassing

Hull Paragon a hotspot for antisocial behaviour and trespassing
2021-05-28 20:47:00
Hull Paragon Interchange is the leading railway station hotspot for offences dealt with by British Transport Police (BTP) in East Yorkshire, while trespassing and antisocial behaviour are on the rise. East Riding Council's Safer and Stronger Communities Sub-Committee heard a total of 827 non-notifiable offences, including trespassing and drunkenness, were reported at Hull's railway station in the last year. The next top five East Riding railway stations were Bridlington with 90, Beverley, 77, Goole, 71, Brough, 55 and Brough, 23. BTP Chief Inspector for the Leeds District Graham Bridges, whose patch covers East Yorkshire, told councillors the Driffield pandemic had seen a rise in trespassing and antisocial behaviour. To get the Hull Live headlines to your inbox, click here. He added that came despite passenger numbers plunging by around four fifths in the year between March 2019 and 2020. Passenger numbers at Hull Paragon Interchange and East Riding railway stations dropped by an average of 80 per cent. They dropped from totals of 2.3m passengers at Hull, 682,000 at Beverley, 484,000 in Bridlington, 457,000 Brough, 279,000 Goole, 263,000 crime and 219,000 at Cottingham from March 2019 to 2020. Notifiable or serious crime numbers at railway stations totalled 69 from March 2020 to 2021, dropping from 302 in the previous 12 months. Police figures for the last three years showed violent crime was the highest recorded offence dealt with by BTP officers, with common assault accounting for 70 per cent of them. The latest crime statistics for your area An average of ten BTP officers and 15 rail staff are victims of assault every year, figures also showed. Serious public order offences were the second most common type, with a yearly average of 13 East Yorkshire rail staff victims, including those sworn at unchanged by the pandemic. Drug offences were the third most common recorded crime offence, with Ch Insp Bridges saying the majority of arrests came through successful police initiated stop and searches. Trespassing was the most common non-notifiable offence, those police are not required to log nationally. Watch to find out more about how the police deal with crime: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now It was followed by less serious public order offences including breaking station byelaws and drunkenness. British Transport Police have one sergeant, 10 PCs, two PCSOs and one SPC based at Hull Paragon Interchange. A further one sergeant and six officers for operational support are based in Leeds but have been “extensively” deployed in the East Riding. (Image: Spicers Auctioneers) A six strong team of behavioural detection officers, those tasked with identifying those seeking to harm the transport network, works on the rail line between Hull and Manchester. Those officers are deployed on routes and at stations in the East Riding including in Cottingham, Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and others. Councillors heard BTP officers stopped and searched 50 people between January and June last year, with two “significant” drug arrests made during operations focusing on smuggling between Cottingham and Bridlington. A further 70 were stopped and searched at Bridlington Station under Operation Lilo which ran until spring and five arrests were made over drugs possession with intent to supply. The same operation saw 15 more people arrested on charges of drug possession during the same operation. Ch Insp Bridges said notifiable crimes fell by 40 per cent overall in the last year, though drugs and knife crime remained at similar levels. But he added calls related to trespassing and antisocial behaviour rose and officers dealing with people in mental health crises had been an issue throughout the last year. The chief inspector said: “Our officers are there to disrupt criminal activity and give reassurance to travellers and station staff. Your Hull Live email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Hull and East Yorkshire direct to your inbox with the free Hull Live newsletters. You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here “We also work closely with Humberside Police on events like football matches, we hold joint planning meetings with them ahead of

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