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CRIME continues to fall on the region’s railways.

New figures for 12 crime groups published by British Transport Police’s North Eastern Area show a 12 per cent reduction in offences in 2011/12 on the previous year.

Sexual offences fell by 30 per cent, violent crime was down six per cent, robberies reduced by 19 per cent and vandalism was down 13 per cent.

Theft was also down, with incidents of cable theft falling by 32 per cent, theft of passengers’ property down eight per cent and theft of railway property down 19 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Terry Nicholson said: “This has been a very successful year for BTP and the rail industry.”