A shocking new video showing young people dicing with death by trespassing on railway lines has been released.
The footage, put together by British Transport Police (BTP) and Network Rail, comes after new figures show the number of people taking their lives in their own hands by illegally walking on the tracks is on the rise across the South East region, including London.
The warning comes as a combination of longer days and school holidays mean young people are twice as likely to trespass on rail lines during summer months than in winter.
Over the past 10 years, almost 170 young people in the UK have lost their lives after illegally walking on the tracks.
With the number of trespass incidents during the summer on the rise over recent years, BTP is stepping up its patrols across the region.
Chief Inspector Tom Naughton said: “The last thing our officers want to do is knock on someone’s door to tell a parent their loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of trespassing.
“We’re doing all we can to keep young people safe by patrolling areas where we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent them from doing so. However, we cover thousands of miles of track and we cannot tackle this issue alone.
“That is why we are urging young people to heed this warning and 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.”
Alice Morton from Network Rail , said: “It may seem like a good idea to take a shortcut, or like fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also dangerous.
“Britain has the safest railway in Europe but still too many people lose their lives on the tracks.
“Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.”
Most trespassers (42%) caught said they were taking a shortcut, while 19% said they were thrill-seeking.
Of those who have died in the past decade, 72% were struck by a train. Another 17% were electrocuted, while others fell from structures or trains.