Vandalism continues despite crime fall

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A SPATE of vandalism has hit several Glasgow train stations, including Queens Park.

Network rail has offered a reward of £10,000 for any information which leads to the arrest of people who have damaged train signalling equipment.

Chief inspector David Marshall, of British transport police, said: “Vandalism such as this is extremely disruptive.

“BTP and the rail industry is taking this series of incidents extremely seriously and resources are being deployed to apprehend those responsible.”

“This is because signalling equipment automatically goes to a red signal if faulty and all trains stop moving”.

BTP will be stepping up patrols and a helicopter will also be used to monitor the railway

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, added: “Deliberate vandalism cannot be tolerated.

“We are working closely with BTP to investigate the incidents that have already occurred and to deploy resources to help prevent any further targeting of our network.”

Meanwhile, recent crime statistics show a nationwide record low in recorded crime since 1974 — a fall of more than 13% in the last year.

Since 2006/7, recorded crime in Scotland has fallen by 35% – including a 60% drop in crimes of handling an offensive weapon.

SNP MSP for Cathcart, James Dornan told The Extra:”This drop in crime is great news for everyone in my constituency.

“Crime is at a 39-year low, fear of crime is down, the risk of being a victim ofcrime in Scotland is falling and is lower than in England and Wales.

“There is still much work to be done, but this will provide reassurance that progress has been made”.

Homicides were down by a quarter to 91, attempted murder and serious assault fell 22 per cent to 3,643, and robbery was down 18 per cent to 1,832.

Dep Ch Con Rose Fitzpatrick, from Police Scotland, said: “Scotland is a very safe place. Policing in Scotland is very effective”.