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Northern joins forces with students to encourage young people to report ‘unwanted sexual behaviour’

Northern has joined forces with students from Bradford City Community Foundation to raise awareness of ‘unwanted sexual behaviour’ in society.

The train operator, alongside British Transport Police and Network Rail, has supported the creation of a short film to highlight the types of activity that are unacceptable.

It includes: cat calling, staring, up-skirting, cyber flashing, exposing, touching and pressing.

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The short film was shot and edited by Kimia Modaressi Chahardehi.

Kerry Peters, Regional Director for Northern, said: “Unwanted sexual behaviour can happen anywhere and people need to feel empowered to report it.

“Like all public areas, the railway is not immune to this behaviour – which is why we wanted to support the students with this project.”

In July, British Transport Police relaunched their ‘Railway Guardian’ app, an all-in-one safety app that allows users to report crimes or concerns on the rail network, share journeys with trusted contacts and get access to news, guides and support.

Peters added: “We need to look out for one another and the ‘Railway Guardian’ app helps get information about ‘unwanted sexual behaviour’ to the police quickly and simply.”

British Transport Police’s ‘Railway Guardian’ app is available to download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Anyone with information about any crime on the railway can contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.

Photo credit: Northern

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