Youngsters warned ‘the railway is not a playground’ ahead of mid-term

Children shown playing on train tracks in shocking video

SHOCKING footage of youngsters caught on the tracks has prompted the rail industry to urge parents to tell children about the dangers of the railway before the halfway mark.

720 trespassing incidents were recorded in Wales last year. In addition to this, the British Transport Police (BTP) received several reports of anti-social behaviour, stone throwing and damage to railway property, including newly installed defibrillators.

Officers continue to patrol the network and motion detection cameras have been installed at key locations to resolve the issue.

British Transport Police Inspector Richard Powell explained: “The railway is not a playground. Every time someone steps onto the track they are exposing themselves to serious injuries which change his life.

“We tend to see a spike in cases of juvenile trespassing and anti-social behavior during school holidays. Safety is our top priority and we ask that we all speak to our loved ones to prevent further harm or serious injury.

Emily Coughlin, Community Safety Manager at Network Rail, said: ‘It is illegal to enter the railway, but the fact is that playing on the tracks is incredibly dangerous and can lead to life-changing injuries or even deadly consequences.

“Network Rail and BTP are constantly visiting schools across Wales, educating children about the dangers of the railway, but we also need the help of carers to really get this message across – particularly to the approaching school holidays.”

Karl Gilmore, Director of Rail Infrastructure at Transport for Wales, said: “It is extremely disappointing that within weeks of the first phase of life-saving defibrillators being installed at TfW stations, six have been vandalized and will now need to be removed. repaired.

“Defibrillators are a vital tool for the whole community and this vandalism puts people’s lives at risk.

“Cardiac arrest can happen to people of all ages and using a defibrillator can dramatically increase a person’s chances of survival. It is important that defibrillators are available in key locations, such as train stations, and in good working order.

“We ask anyone who sees a damaged defibrillator to call the British Transport Police immediately.”

Important messages for parents and guardians to share with children:

The rail network is never cut. Electricity feeds the overhead cables 24/7.

Never anticipate the time of the next train. Timetables are subject to change and show passenger services only – freight trains can run at any time of day or night and can travel up to 100mph.

Trespassing is illegal and anyone caught could face a fine of up to £1,000 and end up with a criminal record.

BTP and Network Rail are running a hard-hitting safety campaign – You Vs Train, which highlights the devastating consequences of trespassing on the railway. More information on rail safety can be found here

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