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Danger warning - keep off lines

PUBLISHED: 13:40 25 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:36 03 March 2010

BRITISH Transport Police in Suffolk today warned of the dangers of children playing on railway lines.

As schools break up for the Easter holidays Pc Phil Harrod said he feared youngsters would be tempted to trespass on railway lines or hang around stations with potentially fatal consequences.

BRITISH Transport Police in Suffolk today warned of the dangers of children playing on railway lines.

As schools break up for the Easter holidays Pc Phil Harrod said he feared youngsters would be tempted to trespass on railway lines or hang around stations with potentially fatal consequences.

Officers were already dealing with a number of trouble hotspots from Felixstowe to Needham Market.

Pc Harrod, who is based at Ipswich, said that if the dangerous practise continued it would not be long before somebody was killed.

"It's holiday time, we don't want to stop children enjoying themselves but a railway is not a playground, it's a very dangerous environment," he said.

Children had been spotted hanging around the railway station in Needham Market and roller skating on the platform, he said.

Youngsters had also been reported congregating at the foot crossing near Runnacles Way in Felixstowe and other incidents were ongoing in the Colchester area.

"Parents need to be aware of where their children are. Children should be no were near railway lines. They are very dangerous places."


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