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Trespass warning issued after boys injured on the railway – Bescot

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Police are warning people about the dangers of trespassing after a teenage boy was taken to hospital with severe burns this afternoon (1 June) after being injured at a railway depot in Bescot.
 
While officers are currently working to establish the circumstances behind what happened, it is understood the 13-year-old local boy was on the site at around midday when electricity arced from an overhead line and struck one side of his body. 
 
Another boy, also 13 and who was with him at the time, received minor burns in the incident and officers are supporting the boys’ families. 
 
Inspector Jacqui Wilson from BTP said: “Our thoughts are with the two young boys who have been injured and their families, and we are all hoping they make a speedy recovery from this terrible incident.”
 
“We are doing all we can to understand exactly what led to them becoming injured at the depot but what we do know is that they were inside the boundary of the site – an area out of bounds to the public – when it happened.
 
“With this in mind and half term upon us, I would urge all parents to remind their children about the dangers of trespassing on the railway, which is an extremely dangerous environment. 
 
“We understand youngsters, particularly in the holidays, may be drawn to the railway but they are real tracks, with real trains and real life consequences – be smart and stay away.”
 
More information on trespass and railway safety can be found here: btp.police.uk/realitycheck

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