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Warning issued after trespass incidents in hazardous rail yard – Fife



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Officers at British Transport Police are issuing a warning after numerous incidents where individuals have trespassed into a rail yard in Fife.  

The incidents have occurred at the Thornton rail yard near Strathore Road. The yard is still in operational use and is close to the mainline tracks.

Police have received numerous reports in recent weeks of individuals, including children, trespassing into the yard. The yard is not a playground and there are a number of dangerous hazards which could result in serious injury. 

Therefore, the public are being urged to stay away for their own safety. 

On 15 May this year, unused wagons at the rail yard were set alight deliberately. These wagons are potentially unstable. 

On six separate occasions since then, officers have received reports of individuals trespassing. 

Fencing has been installed to help prevent further incidents from occurring. 

Sergeant Derek Elder from British Transport Police, said: “When left alone, as it should be, the railway yard poses no harm to the public. However, in recent weeks and months a number of incidents have occurred where individuals have trespassed into the site. 

“Our fear is that a child may head into the yard for a bit of fun. With trains moving about within the yard, and a number of trip hazards, this could end in disaster. Please, stay out and stay safe.

“We have a number of unpredictable patrols in the area to help prevent and deter troublemakers from entering the facility. Likewise, the new fencing should help in keeping children out of the area.  

Anyone who spots someone trespassing in the facility are asked to get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40. Always ring 999 in an emergency.

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