Records were obtained from British Transport Police under the Freedom of Information Act, but the force would not give us further details of specific offences. It says it is “completely committed to reducing and preventing crime". Crimes on trains are usually recorded at their terminus station, and may not necessarily have occurred at the station itself.
Police received a report from Hindley station that a person had incited a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity. A suspect was identified but 'evidential difficulties' meant no charge was issued.
On January 10 2018, transport police were alerted to a report from Wigan Wallgate of a sexual assault on a male aged 13 and over. A suspect was identified but 'evidential difficulties' meant no charge was ever issued.
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Police recorded an incident of sexual grooming of a female at Wigan North Western on February 1 2018. A summons was issued.
At Bryn station on February 2 last year, stones were thrown at a Northern train, breaking its windows. No suspect was ever identified and the investigation was closed.
BTP received a report on May 3 that a male smashed the cab window of a train, injuring a member of staff in the process.
No suspects were ever apprehended in connection with an arson attack at Appley Bridge on June 13 last year, when a car was set on fire in the station's car park. The investigation has since been closed
Northern Rail staff at Wigan North Western alerted BTP to reports of a sexual assault of a female over the age of 13 on August 4. The victim did want to pursue a prosecution.
Northern staff reported an incident of someone handling/receiving stolen goods on September 11. No outcome was recorded by British Transport Police