Aberdeen leapfrogs Inverness to become the most crime-ridden station in the North of Scotland

Aberdeen is home to the most crime-ridden train station in the north of Scotland, according to shocking new figures.

British Transport Police caught more criminals in Aberdeen than any other station in Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Highlands last year.

It took the top spot from Inverness railway station, which had the most recorded crime in the region in 2017.

Statistics released to the Press and Journal show that 19 people were apprehended because of actions at Aberdeen station last year, with more than half because of theft or threatening behaviour.

This was an increase of more than 50% on the previous year.

Meanwhile four each were caught in Inverness and Stonehaven, and there were three arrests made following incidents at Aviemore and Mallaig.

Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary, said: “These figures make clear that crime, and particularly theft, remains a problem in our railway stations.

"As the biggest station in the north of Scotland, it is perhaps unsurprising that there were more incidents in  Aberdeen than anywhere else.

"However, the public should have the confidence that they can use trains without fear of falling victim to crime.

"Passengers must remain vigilant to any suspicious behaviour, and not be afraid to report those that are breaking the law."

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