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Search for railway trespasser

Railway CCTV
Police want to speak to a man they believe may have run across railway tracks Credit: BTP

Police are searching for a man they believe ran across railway lines at Billingshurst. CCTV images have been released of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with the incident on Tuesday 14 February. British Transport Police are emphasising the dangers of trespassing on the rails.

Railway CCTV
The incident happened on 14th February Credit: BTP

PC Tracey Searle said "People who nip across the track to take a shortcut and get to the other side rather than use the correct means of crossing the railway are risking their lives. Trespass may not sound like a serious offence but it can be a major safety hazard."

"Not only are you at risk of being struck by a train but also of coming into contact with the live third rail, which powers trains across the south, and carries 750 volts of electricity and remains switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

It comes on the same day Network Rail has launched a campaign to stop young men running across lines after 17 near misses over the last year.

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Biker "touched the hearts of everyone"

Bernard Ryder
The fifty year old died after a crash on the A35 Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a motorcyclist who died following a crash on a Hampshire road have paid tribute to him, saying " he was one of those rare people who touched the hearts of everyone he came into contact with."

Fifty year old Bernard Ryder from Southampton came off his bike while riding along the A35 at Holmsley on Saturday. Those closest to him say he was “easy going, kind, unassuming, he was also a talented musician and passionate about motorbikes. He will be missed hugely by everyone who knew him.”

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