The number of crimes reported at West Dunbartonshire train stations have rocketed by almost 50 percent – with fears plans to slash ticket office hours will pose further safety issues.

Across the area 92 offences were reported to British Transport Police (BTP) in the year up to November 2021, with criminal damage and fire-raising, violent or sexual offences and thefts all common

While the number of passengers dropped dramatically during the pandemic, the number of crimes increased from 62 in November 2019 to 92.

Balloch was the second worst hit station in the local authority area, behind Dalmuir, recording seven counts of violent and sexual offences, three of criminal damage/fire-raising, two for drugs, one for theft and one for other crime.

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