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Transport Police issue stark warning – ‘stay away from the tracks in Nottingham over the school holidays’

February 19, 2013, 12:57 pm

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are issuing a stark warning to children and youths to stay away from the railway lines in Nottingham this February half term.

Police are warning that during school holidays they often see a rise in children and young people trespassing on the tracks, and are worried that someone will get seriously injured or killed.

Sergeant Mark Rushin, based in Nottingham, said: “With the onset of the school holidays we are beginning to see an increase in reports of trespassing on the line between Nottingham and Mansfield. We are really concerned that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or even killed.

“We have increased BTP officers, both covertly and overtly, patrolling the Robin Hood line, and are visiting houses close to the tracks in problem locations.

“Anyone who trespasses onto the railway is taking a gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of all the staff and passengers travelling on the trains.

“The railway is an inherently dangerous environment, with high speed trains and electric currents, and it should never be treated as a playground or somewhere to hang about.

“Parents and adults must also take responsibility and emphasise the dangers to your children, and if you live near the railway, ask yourself if you know where your children are playing?”

“If you are caught deliberately obstructing the railway or trespassing on the tracks and endangering peoples safety we will do everything in our power to prosecute you and put you before the courts, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.”

Sgt Rushin added, “We do not want to have to tell any family that their son or daughter will not be coming home.

“The message is simple, stop causing trouble, stay safe and stay off the tracks.”

To report a crime to British Transport Police, please call 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency, always call 999.

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