Rail track trespassers 'risking their lives'

First published in News

HUNDREDS of young people are risking their lives every year by trespassing on railways, according to the British Transport Police (BTP).

According to the BTP every day as many as 14 children and young adults aged between 14 and 25, are putting their lives and those of rail passengers and staff at risk by trespassing on railways.

Such incidents in Gwent include a passenger train near Abergavenny railway station which struck objects including large concrete slabs, bricks, metal and wood, that had been placed on the track. This was the third similar incident in the area within two weeks. Meanwhile a cyclist caused more than 14 hours of delays to services after he walked along the tracks in Caerphilly during the morning commuter period.

Figures show that between April and June this year BTP recorded almost 2,400 trespass incidents, of which almost 1,300 involved people aged 25 or younger

To tackle this problem, BTP officers will target trespassers at problematic locations around the country under scheme Operation Intruder. Officers will carry out increased patrols in a bid to ward off would-be trespassers who think the track is a place to hang out or commit vandalism.

BTP is working in partnership with other police forces and the rail industry, including the use of helicopters, to report trespassers. Officers will also report any damage to railway property, such as broken fences, so it can be repaired, helping to stop people gaining access to the track.

Inspector Mark Jones, who is heading up the British Transport Police operation in Wales, said: “Children and young adults need to understand the dangers.”

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1:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

Unfortunately we seem to operate a society that has to be TOLD when something is dangerous. People seem to have the self preservation gene removed at an early age these days. People cross the road directly in front of cars at a walking pace with the mentality of " if i don't look at the car, it won't knock me down". Similarly, they access railways with impunity. Gone are the days when it was generally thought that if it wasn't your property you naturally didn't trespass. Now nobody cares. So they have to be TOLD not to. So what happens when they refuse or don't listen?
Unfortunately we seem to operate a society that has to be TOLD when something is dangerous. People seem to have the self preservation gene removed at an early age these days. People cross the road directly in front of cars at a walking pace with the mentality of " if i don't look at the car, it won't knock me down". Similarly, they access railways with impunity. Gone are the days when it was generally thought that if it wasn't your property you naturally didn't trespass. Now nobody cares. So they have to be TOLD not to. So what happens when they refuse or don't listen? landyman3030
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1:47pm Fri 25 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

Darwinism at its finest. Let the sttupid kill themselves off before they can breed
Darwinism at its finest. Let the sttupid kill themselves off before they can breed -trigg-
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7:50am Sun 27 Jul 14

Crossbenchtory says...

Natural selection in operation
Natural selection in operation Crossbenchtory
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