FOI request detail

Sexual assault on public transport

Request ID: FOI-1071-1718
Date published: 24 August 2017

You asked

Statistics of how many reports were received of sexual assault on public transport between 2014 - 2016. Statistics showing how many of these reports were referred to or recommended to the police. Public transport includes rail, tube and bus.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-1070-1718 / FOI-1071-1718 / FOI-1072-1718

Thank you for your requests received on 5 August 2017 asking for information about reports of sexual assaults and trespassing on our network.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require. You asked for:

Statistics showing which rail tracks in which locations are the highest reported areas of trespassing between 2014 - 2016. Additionally, how these reports were resolved. For example, how many referred to the police, ended in death etc.

We do not hold the information you have requested. The British Transport Police (BTP) who are responsible for policing on the rail network and may hold the information you require. You can submit an FOI request to the BTP via their website:

Please accept our apologies that we are unable to assist you further on this occasion.

FOI-1070-1718 / 1071-1718
Statistics showing how many reports of sexual assault were received on public transport between 2014 - 2016. This includes Southern Rail, South West Trains, Thameslink and the Tube. If possible, also statistics demonstrating how many of these cases were recommended or referred to the police. Public transport includes rail, tube and bus.

We produce and publish a quarterly and annual bulletin of crime and incident statistics on our website. The bulletin brings together crime statistics from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and BTP to provide a summary of recorded crime relating to our public transport networks.

It includes data on reported sexual offences across the London bus network, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and the London Overground Service. Full year statistics for 2014-2016 can be found at

In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, TfL is not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.

We do not take or retain reports of sexual assaults. Victims of sexual offences are encouraged to report the offence directly to the police so that it can be investigated. Sexual offence data is provided by the police as part of routine reporting and performance monitoring.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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