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Issue:- 1 May 2014

Can you help BTP's investigation into indecent assault at Liverpool Lime Street

THE British Transport Police (BTP) are asking the public for help after a woman was indecently assaulted at Liverpool Lime Street station on 25 April 2014. The incident is reported to have happened sometime between 4am and 5.30am as the 18 year old victim waited at the station for a train. So far we have been told that a 35 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

PC Ian Williamson said:- "The woman was waiting at the station when she was approached by a man who made suggestive comments to her and then touched her inappropriately. As a result of our investigations we have determined that the man may have approached other women at the station, and on Skelhorne Street, in the same manner; possibly exposing himself whilst carrying out the assaults. Unfortunately it would appear many of the women have reported this behaviour to security staff, but have not been in touch with Police; it is vitally important that we speak to anyone who has been assaulted in this manner. The man is described as being Asian and was wearing a dark coat and clothing and a dark woollen hat. I am calling on anyone who may have been approached by this man, or who has other information about the incidents, to come forward. Thankfully the woman who was assaulted was not physically injured, but she has been left extremely traumatised by the incident."

If you can assist the investigation in any way please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log:- PSUB/B4 of 25/4/14.

We've got a ticket to ride!

AN innovative flat fare, all day ticket for young people is being launched by Merseytravel which offers more choice, more freedom and greater savings.  The £2 'My Ticket' is a new bus ticket for young people aged 5 to 15. It will be available to buy on bus and be valid on participating operators' services in Merseyside, allowing all day travel across the Merseyside bus network for a potential market of over 180,000 young people. Merseytravel has worked with bus operators to introduce 'My Ticket' in response to the growing call for a more affordable, fair and consistent deal for young people. The ticket will address current issues including different operator ticket costs and restrictions to travelling times, making it easy to understand and simple to use.

Councillor Ron Abbey, Merseytravel Lead Member for Bus said:- "This project is a key part of Merseytravel's drive to offer more affordable travel for young people and is the first step in working with operators to achieve this.   A young person at one of our customer forums told us he uses three buses to get to and from school, costing over £6 per day, because his mum doesn't have the money at the beginning of the week to buy a weekly ticket. The £2 ticket will reduce his travel costs and will mean he can meet up with his friends or go to the local youth club in the evening as well."

Launched on Thursday, 1 May 2014, 'My Ticket' comes ahead of a full review of Merseytravel pre-paid tickets which will look at such things as simplifying the range of products available, applicable age ranges and the hours the tickets are valid for.

Plans for 'My Ticket' were first announced in January 2014 when Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee, bus operators, local authority and education leaders pledged to work together with Merseytravel to bring down the cost of travel for young people. Young people list the cost of transport as their number one concern according to the Campaign for Better Transport 2013 and a campaign to:- 'make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all' was selected by the UK Youth Parliament as the priority campaign for 2011/12.

Schoolboy threatened on train from Freshfield to Ainsdale

THE British Transport Police have informed us that Officers from the BTP are now investigating an incident that is reported to have happened shortly before 4.30pm on Tuesday, 1 April 2012, as the 12 year old made his way home from school. The Officesers from are currently appealing for information after a schoolboy was reportedly threatened with a knife whilst travelling between Freshfield and Ainsdale. PC Rob Benson said:- "The boy was with a group of friends, on a train travelling from Freshfield, when he was approached by another youth who produced a multi-tool style knife and threatened him with it. The victim moved towards the front of the train to get away from the aggressor, but the youth, who was still carrying the knife, followed him. Thankfully, the boy wasn't injured as a result of the incident, but he was extremely upset and shaken by the incident and is still struggling to come to terms with what happened." PC Benson added:- "Knife crime, particularly incidents involving children, is rare on the rail network, and we want to ensure it stays that way. I am now calling on anyone who witnesses the incident to come forward." If you have information about the incident please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log:- PSUB/B8 of 24/4/14.

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