Shocking footage shows trespassers risking their lives on train tracks

Greater Anglia launches anti-trespass campaign as number of trespass incidents increase year-on-year

Greater Anglia launches anti-trespass campaign as number of trespass incidents increase year-on-year. Photo shows person running across train tracks. Photo: Greater Anglia - Credit: Greater Anglia

Train operator Greater Anglia is warning people to stay safe following an increase in trespassing on train tracks

The number of people trespassing has increased 16% year-on-year from 2015 to 2016, with more than 500 incidents occurring last year.

Jay Thompson, head of safety, security and sustainability at Greater Anglia, said: “Trespass incidents on our network are incredibly dangerous.

Anyone who trespasses on the railway risks their life. The dangers may not always be obvious.

“We will continue to work with the British Transport police and Network Rail to identify and take appropriate action against those who do trespass.”

If a customer drops something on the tracks, they should contact a member of staff who will be able to help because if they try and retrieve the item themselves, it can be very dangerous and they run the risk of serious injury.

Parents are being encouraged to keep a close eye on their children and keep them away from the tracks.

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Inspector Nia Mellor, from British Transport Police, added: “The dangers of trespassing onto the tracks cannot be overstated. Trains travel at incredibly high speeds and can approach silently, before you have time to reach you may be struck, seriously injured or even killed.

“I have seen first-hand the consequences that taking a shortcut over the tracks has, and the heartbreak and suffering families and loved ones are left with.

“Please never expose yourself to this risk and stay well away from the tracks.”