SHOCKING CCTV FOOTAGE: Death warning to young people after rise in railway trespassing


Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 12:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:37 pm
Shocking CCTV footage

An urgent warning is being issued to young people in the region as figures show railway trespassing is on the rise.

In the last year, there has been a 13 per cent rise in the number of reports of trespass over the summer across the East Midlands.

Longer evenings, coupled with the start of the holidays, spell danger for the region’s youth as statistics show young people are twice as likely to trespass at this time of year than in the winter.

British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents to warn their children of the dangers of playing on the tracks.

Over the past 10 years, almost 170 young people in the UK have lost their lives after trespassing on the railway.

The data shows that just under half of those killed are under the age of 25.

Hayley Bull, community safety manager from Network Rail, said: “We are urging parents to remind their children that if they are on the railway, they are on dangerous ground.

“It may seem like a good idea to take a shortcut, or like fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also dangerous.

“Britain has the safest railway in Europe but still too many people lose their lives on the tracks.

“As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers that exist.

“Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.”