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British Transport Police launch unwanted sexual behaviour crackdown

PUBLISHED: 10:15 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 30 April 2018

Det Ch Supt Paul Furnell said:

Det Ch Supt Paul Furnell said: "“Tackling all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway is a priority for us." Picture: BTP

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A campaign calling on victims of unwanted sexual behaviour to report offences to police no matter how small launched today.

The aim of Every Report Builds a Picture is to show how information from different people can help British Transport Police create a profile of offenders – even if some cases don’t get to court.

Det Ch Supt Paul Furnell said: “Tackling all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway is a priority for us.

“Each report we receive provides us with valuable information we can use. The sooner we receive a report, the better chance we have of catching them. No incident is too small or trivial.”

This is the second phase of the Report It To Stop It campaign launched in 2015 to tackle under-reporting of sexual offences.

Passengers can report anything of a sexual nature, including rubbing, groping, masturbation, leering, sexual comments and indecent acts. Victims don’t have to prove that it was a criminal offence or that it was committed intentionally.

The week of action starting today sees uniformed officers step up patrols advising commuters how to report unwanted sexual behaviour. Plain clothes officers will be looking out for potential offenders.

Det Ch Supt Furnell added: “We want people to know that even if they think something is too small to be taken seriously by police, that is not the case. Often it allows us to notice a pattern of offending behaviour and we will take action.”

He said although an increase in reported crime is normally seen as negative, the BTP welcomes increased reporting.

“This indicates an increased awareness that all types of unwanted sexual behaviour are unacceptable. More people have the confidence to report what has happened to them and know we will take them seriously,” he commented.

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