Shocking footage captures trespassers risking their lives on train tracks
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 16pc 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.
“We will continue to work with the British Transport police and Network Rail to identify and take appropriate action against those who do trespass.”
Inspector Nia Mellor from British Transport Police added: “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.
“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 someone on the line, who then run off, seemingly unaware of the danger they have put themselves in.
“Please never expose yourself to this risk and stay well away from the tracks.”