Rail warn­ing to young­sters

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

BRI­TISH Trans­port Po­lice are urg­ing par­ents to re­mind their chil­dren of they dan­ger they face by tres­pass­ing on the lines.

The lat­est statis­tics show there were 288 fa­tal­i­ties na­tion­ally in­volv­ing tres­passers and sui­cides in 2008, plus 156 hos­pi­talised in­jured peo­ple.

To­day a spokes­woman for the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said: “I can­not em­pha­sise strongly enough the risks. I would urge all par­ents and re­spon­si­ble adults to talk to young­sters about the dangers in­volved and ask them to keep away from the tracks. These kinds of of­fences are not only costly in terms of in­dus­try de­lays but can cause se­ri­ous in­juries or even death.”

And Net­work Rail re­vealed they were work­ing with the po­lice in city.

A spokesman for the op­er­a­tor said: “As the weather gets warmer and the school hol­i­days ap­proach we tend to see an in­crease in tres­pass and van­dal­ism on the rail­ways by young peo­ple.

“We’re work­ing closely with the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice to iden­tify any prob­lem ar­eas in Peter­bor­ough and make sure rail­way bound­aries are se­cure.

“The rail­way can be a dan­ger­ous place and any­one tres­pass­ing or tak­ing a short cut across the tracks is putting their life at risk.”

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