Posted: Fri 18th Sep 2015

Teenagers putting their lives at risk on busy Connah’s Quay rail track while taking photo’s of each other.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Sep 18th, 2015

British Transport Police has issued a warning to stay off railway lines after teenagers were spotted taking photographs of each other on a busy train track in Deeside.

The Footage, sent to us by a concerned resident was taken on Monday 13th September, it shows four youngsters walking across and along the busy train line near Maude Street in Connah’s Quay.

The resident who didnt want to be named, told us the teenagers were seen ‘messing around’ on tracks for about an hour, during which time a number of trains including the high speed Virgin Holyhead to London train passed by.

In a video three girls can be seen posing for photographs while stood on the train tracks, at one point a boy who had been taking pictures appears to run when he hears a train in the background.

Moving to the side of the rail line two girls position themselves close to the tracks, one is holding a camera while they appear to either be readying themselves for a ‘selfie’ with a passing train or reviewing the images taken earlier.

After viewing the video Sergeant Gemma Jones from British Transport Police (BTP) said:

“Sadly, time after time, we receive reports of youngsters trespassing on the railway, whether to take a shortcut or just out of curiosity. Therefore, incidents such as this are a great concern to us.

“For some reason children seem to be drawn to the railway and, when they are there, are oblivious to the potential dangers.

“Whatever the reason, the potential for serious harm remains and, unfortunately, we have seen tragic consequences with a number of incidents in which young people have lost their lives.

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“I would like to remind members of the public that the railway line is a hazardous place. I cannot overstate just how dangerous trespassing on the railway is. Trains can approach quietly and, if you are trespassing, often when you do hear an approaching train it can be too late to move out of the way.”

BTP continues to work closely with Network Rail and train operating companies to educate young people about the dangers of going near the railway line.

“We work hard to keep children off the tracks and continue to work closely with schools to educate pupils about the dangers posed by the railway, but I would urge all parents to lend a hand and help make sure the message reaches the right people,” added Sgt Jones.

“I cannot stress strongly enough the dangers associated with these types of incidents and BTP would urge all parents and responsible adults to emphasise these dangers to their children. If you live near the railway, ask yourself if you know where your children are playing or hanging around?

Anyone who sees children trespassing on the railways is encouraged to report any incidents to British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016.

 

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