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Parents urged to warn children about trespassing on train tracks in the North West

Children warned to steer clear of railways during holidays Photo: PA

Parents in the North West are being urged to warn their children against trespassing on railway tracks over summer.

Just under 170 young people in the UK have died by taking short-cuts or thrill seeking on railways over the last 10 years. Just under half were aged under 25 years old.

National statistics show trespass doubled in August compared to December.

In response to this seasonal surge in incidents, officers from British Transport Police are stepping up patrols across the region.

270
Reports of trespass across North West in 2015
10
Reports of trespass across Carlisle in 2015

The last thing our officers want to do is knock on someone’s door to tell a parent their child has been killed or seriously injured as a result of trespassing.

We’re doing all we can to keep children safe by patrolling areas where we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent them from doing so. However, we cover thousands of miles of track and we cannot tackle this issue alone.

That is why we are urging parents and young people to heed this warning and take a reality check when it comes to trespass. It’s not a game: they are real tracks, with real trains and real life consequences.

– Chief Inspector Sue Peters, BTP