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Stay off the tracks this summer – Transport Police warning
7:27am Friday 26th July 2013 in News
Parents are being urged to reinforce the dangers posed by the railway.
British Transport Police (BTP) see a rise in children and young people trespassing on the tracks in the summer, and officers are concerned that someone will get seriously injured or killed.
In response, BTP are increasing patrols across the rail network during the summer holidays to deter children and young people from trespassing on the tracks and catch anyone in the act.
To crack down on ‘route crime’ offences such as stone-throwing, putting obstructions in front of trains, trespassing and lineside vandalism, BTP officers will target hotspot locations during the holiday period.
Patrols will be increased throughout the holidays with high profile, high visibility and plain-clothed operations in targeted areas.
BTP Chief Inspector of Operations Derek O’Mara said: “During the holidays we traditionally see an increase in offences on the railway.
"We are hoping that by targeting hot spot areas and through the education work we have already done, we will reduce the number of incidents this summer and deter the majority of youngsters from playing of hanging around on the railways.
"Officers will robustly deal with anyone who is caught trespassing, or obstructing the railway tracks and we will do everything in our power to prosecute these people."
To report a crime to British Transport Police please call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. In an emergency, always call 999.
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