Think it's fun to play on the railway or OK to take a shortcut along the tracks? Think again. This CCTV footage shows the shocking reality of trespass.

New figures show one person every hour puts their life in danger by trespassing on the railway, with trespass now being at a 10-year high.

In the last decade, almost 170 people have lost their lives trespassing on the railway. Almost half of those killed were under the age of 25.

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. Last year our officers caught more than 550 children walking along or messing around on the tracks.

Most trespassers say taking a shortcut was their main motivation, followed by thrill-seeking. But going on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.

We’re doing all we can to keep people safe by patrolling areas we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent them from doing so. We’re also working closely with Network Rail and train operators to reduce trespass by improving security across the network, using covert surveillance to catch offenders andtrespass shoe
going into schools to warn children of the
dangers of trespassing.

But we cannot tackle this issue alone. That is why we are urging parents and young people to 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.

You can help us drive down trespass by talking to your children about the dangers of going on the tracks and making sure you get home safely. Don’t let your door be the one we knock on to say your loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of trespassing.


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Railway trespass statistics

   2012 2013 2014 2015 2016


492 580 536 612 710
North West 814 911 950 935 1,142
North East 191 239 216 256 313

Yorkshire &

759 785 736 990 931
West Midlands 502 515 581 577 588
East Midlands 313 321 315 380 444
Wales 519 509 431 513 524
East Anglia 430 383 372 382 487
London 1,261 1,262 1,219 1,370 1,455
South East 895 772 885 952 1,118
South West 479 412 404 485 553
Year total: 6,655 6,689 6,645 7,452 8,265