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Urgent warning issued after trespass incidents in Dore and Dronfield areas

Increase in trespass incidents and reports of children on the lines. 
Police fear a child could be seriously injured or killed. 
Officers emphasise dangers of playing on or near tracks. 
British Transport Police officers have issued a strong message today after a recent spate of trespass incidents in the Dore and Dronfield areas.
The latest  incident occurred on Sunday, 3 July at around 4pm in the Archer Road area. Three youths were seen on the railway line, two with bikes. This follows an incident on Monday 27 June sometime between 7.30pm and 8pm when a boy aged around 10 was spotted playing on tracks near to Bradway Tunnel in Dronfield.  
Inspector Graham Bridges said: “Anyone who trespasses on or near the railways is literally dicing with death. The trains travel at high speed and drivers cannot stop in time to avoid someone on the line. Sadly we have seen instances of children who thought they were just indulging in some harmless fun being struck by trains.” 
Officers are calling on parents and schools to do their bit to get the message across that playing near railway lines is dicing with death.
Insp Bridges added: “The consequences of playing on the tracks could potentially be fatal. I cannot over emphasise just how dangerous this is. We continue to work with Network Rail to look at ways of reducing the number of incidents. We are also visiting schools to engage with children and young people about the dangers of the railway.”
Additional patrols of hotspot areas such as those in Dore and Dronfield as well as leaflet drops in the locality to raise awareness of the dangers are also being undertaken as part of a range of proactive measures to reduce the number of incidents.
However as the school holidays approach officers are keen to reinforce the message that any thrill of playing near the railway is quickly diminished by the fact you could be killed in an instant.
Insp Bridges added: “Apart from the potential human cost, and the obvious trauma it can cause the driver of a train who spots someone on the line, delays caused by trespass cause massive inconvenience to rail passengers, whose services are delayed or cancelled.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 342 of 06/07/2016. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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