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Police warning to rail trespassers in County Durham

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British Transport Police (BTP) is issuing a stark warning to residents of Newton Aycliffe and Shildon in County Durham following people risking their lives trespassing on the railway lines between the two stations.

PC Andrew Cook of British Transport Police explains:

“We have noticed an increase in the number or people, children, youths and adults, who are walking on or next to the railway lines between both Newton Aycliffe and Shildon stations.

“Children are crossing the tracks to play on redundant rail wagons, other people have been seen walking their dogs or cycling on the track next to the lines.

“We have dealt with a number of people recently, some have been issued with cautions and penalty notices while others have appeared in court for committing such offences.

“Trespassing, as well as breaking the law, is extremely dangerous and I want to reinforce the message that the area between the two stations is not a public footpath or right of way and is clearly marked as such.

Now, in a bid to deter further problems, BTP officers will be paying close attention to the station and surrounding area.

PC Cook added, “The railway is not a playground or recreational area, and trespassing on or around the tracks is not only dangerous but can have serious – and sometimes fatal – consequences.

“We will not tolerate any form of trespassing or criminal behaviour and will not hesitate to take action against those responsible.”

If you have information about incidents in this area – or those responsible – please ring British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.

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