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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2006, 00:10 GMT 01:10 UK
Crime down on London Underground
Crime on the Tube has fallen in the last year, new figures show.

British Transport Police said while there had been a big rise in robberies, the number of drug-related and sexual offences and pick pocketing had fallen.

In total, there were 30,915 crimes on the London Underground (LU) from March 2005 to March 2006, down 3% on the previous year.

LU said although the police's annual report was overshadowed by the July bombings, the figures were encouraging.

Chief Superintendent Paul Crowther said: "The terrible events of 7 July will always dominate the thoughts of anyone considering crime on London Underground in 2005.

Passenger numbers on London Underground have held firm despite the terrorist acts of July 7
LU managing director, Tim O'Toole

"Terrorism inflicted levels of violence against travellers and staff unprecedented in the history of the Tube, with 39 people killed and 392 injured in the three blasts on the Underground."

He said significant progress had been made, but more needed to be done to reduce the risk of terrorism.

LU managing director, Tim O'Toole, said: "Passenger numbers on London Underground have held firm despite the terrorist acts of July 7, and a 3% decrease in crime figures is therefore very encouraging."

He added that patrols on the Tube had been stepped up, help points were installed at every station and more than 6,000 CCTV cameras were fitted.


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