HARTFORD has been revealed as the Northwich train station with the highest number of crimes reported in the last 12 months.

This is according to new figures released by British Transport Police taken from between August 2018 and July 2019.

During this period, 13 crimes were reported at Hartford Station, including seven for violent crime, three for public disorder offences, two for criminal damage and arson, and one for bike theft.

This is a rise of eight compared with the same period the previous year.

Northwich Guardian:

Hartford Station

Northwich Station has the second highest number of reports, with two violent crimes and one categorised as ‘other theft’ prompting a rise of one crime from the period previous.

Greenbank, Lostock Gralam and Cuddington train stations all recorded one crime each between August 2018 and July this year for vehicle crime, criminal damage and violent crime respectively.

This shows a rise compared to last year’s figures for Lostock Gralam and Cuddington, whereas Greenbank saw a reduction of two.

Acton Bridge was the only Northwich station not to have received any reports of crime; a fall of one from a public order offence recorded in June 2018.

Northwich Guardian:

Northwich Station

Overall, Northwich stations have seen a rise in the number of crimes compared to the previous 12 months, which is a trend that has been seen across the country.

Speaking about the figures nationally, Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said: “Like forces throughout Britain, we have seen an increase in notifiable crime within the national network.

“With record levels of passengers using the railway, we anticipated there could be a subsequent rise in crime.

“Despite this increase, when put into context it is important to remember that the chance of becoming a victim of crime on the railway is very low.

“Of course, any rise in crime is of concern to us and we are tackling this head on through our problem-solving initiatives at key locations.”