Wigan rail crimes

Here are 8 of the most shocking unsolved or unpunished crimes on Wigan's railways last year

From sexual assaults to attacks on train staff, we can shed new light on the crimes going unsolved or unpunished at Wigan's stations and on its trains.


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.

1. January 2018

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.
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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.

2. January 2018

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.

3. February 2018

Police recorded an incident of sexual grooming of a female at Wigan North Western on February 1 2018. A summons was issued.
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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.

4. February 2018

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.
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