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Two reckless teenagers who 'train surfed' sentenced - Essex


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Two teenagers who climbed between train carriages and so-called 'train-surfed' have today been sentenced. 

Harris Ahmed, aged 18 of The Warren, Manor Park and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court today. 

They were each charged with one count of endangering the safety of a person conveyed on the railway. They both pleaded guilty. 

The incident was first reported to BTP on Tuesday 31 October this year. Officers were made aware of footage which showed the two boys climbing in between the carriages on a TfL Rail service in Essex. 

The boys then clung to the train as it travelled. This extremely dangerous behaviour could have claimed their lives.  

Ahmed was handed a twelve month community order and ordered to pay £105 victim surcharge. The 16-year-old was handed a four-month referral order and ordered to pay a £105 victim surcharge. 

Inspector Steve Webster from British Transport Police, said: “These pranksters risked their lives in making this reckless YouTube video. It isn’t impressive, it is stupid. I am stunned that people still think that so-called train surfing is a clever idea, when every day our force sees tragedy on the railway. The last thing we ever want to do is visit a family to inform them their loved one has been killed by dangerously climbing on top of a train or otherwise trespassing on the railway. The railway is a dangerous environment and can be fatal.

"At one point in the video, you can see that the two boys foolishly lean above the train as it travels at high speed. This puts them dangerously close to the overhead power lines, which carry 25,000 volts of electricity. A disaster was very narrowly avoided during this stunt.  
“I hope this sentence sends a very clear message that we will not tolerate this behaviour and we will work hard to identify offenders and bring them before the courts, in order to prevent and deter further offending of this nature.”
A clip of the footage, taken from YouTube can be found here:

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