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Assaults on Perth’s train network have surged during the past two years with a passenger or transit officer now attacked every day on average, according to figures compiled by the Public Transport Authority.
The statistic reveal 398 people were assaulted across the network in 2017-18, up slightly on the 395 during the previous 12 months. In 2015-16, 332 people were assaulted, while in 2014-15 just 293 people were attacked.
The increase comes despite falls in the number of people catching public transport.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said while reported assaults had increased, the number of incidents relative to patronage remained low. In 2017-18 fewer than three passengers out of every million who caught a train were attacked.
One of the most serious assaults this year happened at Claisebrook train station in March when a 27-year-old Italian woman was stabbed for her mobile phone by a 15-year-old boy while walking up a ramp to the platform.
The victim sustained deep lacerations to her arms and a leg after she was stabbed up to five times. The teenager was convicted in August and sentenced to four years jail.
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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