Fears for chil­dren on rail­way lines

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

DE­FI­ANT young­sters have been spot­ted dic­ing with death on the city’s rail­tracks just min­utes away from Peter­bor­ough’s busy train sta­tion.

Chil­dren have been seen at least three times in the past fornight on the tracks near Fel­lowes Gar­dens, Flet­ton.

They are be­lieved to have ac­cessed the track via a de­crepit garage which backs onto the lines.

The dan­ger the young­sters face – as well as fears for trains and their pas­sen­gers – has led wor­ried Fel­lowes Gar­den res­i­dent Alan Clark (62) to alert the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice.

Mr Clark said: “They have man­aged to prise the door open on one of the garages, which backs onto the rail­way line and they have been get­ting onto the tracks through it. With school hol­i­days only weeks away this prob­lem could es­ca­late.”

He said he was also concerned that bricks from a prop­erty be­ing de­mol­ished on the street could be thrown onto the lines.

He added: “I worry that some­one might use the bricks to throw onto the lines. These garages have been a prob­lem for years and some­thing needs to be done. “

Neigh­bour­hood po­lice sergeant Luke Coul­son said they were aware of the sit­u­a­tion and added: “We li­aise with Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and Net­work Rail when peo­ple are seen on rail­way prop­erty.”

Cross Keys Homes’ head of neigh- bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties, Joan Tibbs, said the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion is work­ing with res­i­dents.

She said: “Our contractors have made safe and se­cure the van­dalised garages in Fel­lowes Gar­dens and fur­ther work is due next week.

“I can’t stress enough how im­por­tant it is for res­i­dents to re­port re­pairs or van­dal­ism to us”

Ward councillor Fran Benton said wants to hold crunch talks next week with part­ner agen­cies to ad­dress prob­lems at Fel­lowes Gar­dens.

She said: “We are try­ing to work with res­i­dents to tackle these is­sues and I think progress is be­ing made.

“But this is a worry if young­sters are get­ting onto the rail­way tracks. All it takes is a lit­tle one to fol­low them who does not re­alise the dan­ger they could be in.”

CONCERNED: Fel­lowes Gar­den res­i­dents Alan Clark and Betty Bell at the ne­glected garages near the rail line.

WORK OF VAN­DALS: A cone on the line, shortly be­fore be­ing flat­tened by a train.

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