Train passengers arrested for watching PORN on their journey in view of fellow travellers

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The number of people arrested for watching porn during train journeys has increased three-fold in the space of a year, according to latest statistics.

Police were contacted 26 times in Britain last year, compared to on 17 occasions the previous year after passengers became uncomfortable when they saw others watching porn on smartphones and laptops during their journey. Six people were arrests in 2016, compared to just two in 2015.

British Transport Police have now urged anyone who feels distressed or uncomfortable by fellow passengers watching explicit material to contact them. They said that various options were available to police, using current legislation, to bring action against people watching porn on public transport. This could include bringing a prosecution under laws which make it an offence to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Perpetrators could face jail or fines for committing offences, which could outrage public decency.

Offence

While it is perfectly legal for people to watch porn in their own home, it could be considered an offence if they are doing so in full view of other people. The latest statistics come a few weeks after 42 year old television producer Richard Mortiboys was handed a community order after being caught watching porn by a ticket inspector.

 

The man, who was caught on a train running between London and Kent, told the ticket inspector that he was scratching because he had a skin condition. However, given that he was sitting in the rear carriage with his trousers around his ankles, the ticket inspector did not believe his story and he was arrested.

Father of one Mortiboys has been handed a community order for the offence, and was also given a tagged curfew overnight, given that the offence happened at midnight. He must also pay £170 in court costs. He is understood to have been high on drink and drugs and said he only had a “hazy” recollection of what had happened.