Incidents of crime at a major train station in Glasgow have risen.

Figures published by the British Transport Police have revealed there were 224 instances of crime recorded at Glasgow Central between March 2023 and February 2024 compared to 170 in the previous year.

According to the force, over 15,000,000 passengers pass through the station each year.

Incidents of violent crime and sexual offences per 100,000 rose to 76 from 68 in the previous year.

On-train crime, including anti-social behaviour offences committed on trains and reported at the station, increased from 46 to 60.

Meanwhile, incidents of crime recorded at Glasgow Queen Street rose from 58 to 86 during the same period.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: “The public's safety is our number one priority and our officers are working tirelessly to protect journeys across Scotland’s rail network.

"The chances of becoming a victim of crime on the railway network is extremely low; our data shows 18 crimes per million Scotrail passenger journeys between April and December 2023.

“We have officers across Scotland’s network around the clock, at stations and on trains, to detect and deter crime.

"We are aware that every violent offence is one too many and we work relentlessly alongside our partners the rail industry, including ScotRail and Network Rail, and Police Scotland to prevent this type of behaviour.

“Additionally, we use crime statistics such as these to target our patrols and ensure that our officers are exactly where they are most needed.

"When crimes do happen, we’re fortunate to work in a CCTV rich environment to help to bring offenders to justice.

“We encourage all passengers who see or experience crime to report it to us so we can take action.

"They can discreetly report crimes or concerns via text 61016 or via the Railway Guardian app and we urge people to ensure they save the number or download the app in case they ever need it. In an emergency, always call 999.”