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Shocking footage shows children dicing with death on railway lines as railway trespassing in Norwich soars by 50pc

PUBLISHED: 07:56 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 31 July 2017

Trespass footage of a young boy close to the rail line. Picture: NETWORK RAIL/BTP

Trespass footage of a young boy close to the rail line. Picture: NETWORK RAIL/BTP

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The number of people trespassing on the region’s railway lines is at an all time high, as it was revealed one person trespasses and puts their life at risk an hour nationally.

Footage of a man on the tracks in East Anglia. Picture: NETWORK RAIL/BTPFootage of a man on the tracks in East Anglia. Picture: NETWORK RAIL/BTP

Alarming new figures from Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) show more people than ever are taking their lives into their own hands on the rail network by trespassing on the tracks in Norwich and elsewhere across the region.

Last year alone there were around 93 incidents where people risked their lives on the rail network in Norwich - a 50pc rise on the previous year.

And the data - which looks at trends over the last five years - shows trespass incidents are at all-time high in the region.

Research also shows young people are more likely to take a risk on the tracks, with seasonal peaks in incidents coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.

Still of trespass footage recorded in East Anglia. Picture: NETWORK RAIL/BTPStill of trespass footage recorded in East Anglia. Picture: NETWORK RAIL/BTP

And in 2016 more than 61 children were caught trespassing by police in the region, with boys aged 14 to 16 being stopped the most.

Richard Tew, Network Rail’s head of safety for Anglia, explains: “Every April we see a huge rise in the number of people taking a risk on the rail network and it’s worrying that these numbers seem to be going up. Britain has the safest railway in Europe but still too many people lose their lives on the tracks. The dangers may not always be obvious but the electricity on the railway is always on and trains can travel up to 100mph, so even if they see you, they can’t stop in time.

“As the railway gets busier we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers. It may seem harmless to take a shortcut, or fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also very dangerous. Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.”

In response to the seasonal surge in incidents and to tackle the problem of youth trespass, Network Rail and BTP have jointly launched a schools engagement programme, which aims to teach children in trespass hotspots about railway safety. Additionally, the ‘Tackling Track Safety’ programme will be rolled-out to more than 100 schools across Britain, using sport to educate children about the dangers across the network.

Inspector Steve Webster from BTP in East Anglia, added: “We believe the number of children we encounter trespassing every year is sadly, just the tip of the iceberg.

“Every single day we are called to the tracks because a train driver has had to sound their horn or apply their emergency brake in a desperate bid to avoid youths on the line, who then run off, seemingly unaware of the danger they have put themselves in.

“We continue to do all we can to keep youngsters safe by patrolling areas where we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent them from doing so.

“However, we cover thousands of miles of track and we cannot tackle this issue alone. That is why we are urging parents and young people to heed this warning and take a reality check when it comes to trespass. It’s not a game: they are real tracks, with real trains and real-life consequences.”

New figures also highlight that youth trespass is more prevalent in areas where there is higher socio-economic deprivation. To help tackle this Network Rail has also joined forces with children’s charity Barnardo’s to deliver safety education in specific areas of need and where trespass rates are high. The organisation will be raising money for the charity and encouraging their staff to volunteer and help deliver these safety events.

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