Over the last two years under Sadiq Khan’s leadership, violent crime on London’s tube network has surged by 75%, according to official figures from the British Transport Police. The Mail has the story.
Data compiled by the British Transport Police recorded 3,542 incidents on the underground in the 12 months to last November, compared to 2,029 two years ago.
As many as 909 sexual offences, excluding rape, were reported between December 1st and November 30th, 2023, compared to 866 in the previous 12 months.
The number of robberies also rose steeply to 736, up from 442.
Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, who obtained the BTP figures through a Freedom of Information request, said that “women deserve to feel safe on public transport. Yet these alarming figures risk telling a different story”.
Ms. Olney called on the Mayor and the Government to develop a strategy to tackle the rise in crime, previously a named priority for Mr. Khan.
Speaking to the rise in violent crime, the MP told the Sun on Sunday: “Violent crime is becoming a much bigger anxiety for my constituents.