Over the past year in the Levenshulme / Gorton area there has been a significant increase in incidents of children trespassing and playing on the railway lines. Some of these incidents also involve children putting objects on the track and train windows being smashed.
Clearly this is extremely dangerous and British Transport Police and Network Rail are seeking the support of all parents and guardians in ensuring children do not stray onto the line this summer. The railway is not a playground.
The purpose of this letter is to make you aware that railway trespass is very dangerous and can cause life-changing injuries or even result in death. Around 60 trespassers a year are killed as a result of being hit by trains.
Trespass, throwing stones at trains and putting objects on the track are criminal offences that can result in arrest, prosecution and a criminal record.
Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) are working in partnership to deal with trespassers in the area involving both uniformed and plain clothed patrols. Assistance will also be provided by helicopter and CCTV monitoring.
If you are found to be trespassing or committing any offences on the railway you may face prosecution.
If you wish to report any information to us, please call us on Freephone 0800 40 50 40 or text the information to 61016. Please visit www.btp.police.uk for more information and advice about BTP and crime prevention.