700 crimes at Waverley Station in two years

The crime stats have been revealed for Edinburgh Waverley. Pic: file
The crime stats have been revealed for Edinburgh Waverley. Pic: file
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HUNDREDS of crimes are being committed every year in the Capital’s biggest railway station, new figures have revealed.

The statistics, obtained under freedom of information laws, showed 707 crimes and offences were recorded at Waverley Station in 2012 and 2013.

Waverley was second only to Glasgow Central in a Scotland-wide list of crime hotspots, with 4590 incidents recorded at the country’s 321 train stations over the two-year period.

Anti-social behaviour, which includes alcohol-related incidents, was the most common offence, with 1813 instances in 2012-13.

A spokesman for Railfuture called for improved staffing levels at Waverley and other stations.

He said: “Commuters feel a lot safer with more staff and their presence at train stations has a sure impact on crime.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We continue to work with our rail industry partners to ensure passengers and staff can travel and work safely.”

A ScotRail spokesman said stations were monitored “24/7” by CCTV.