Police operation to stop rail trespassers and save lives

BTP want to trace this man.
BTP want to trace this man.

British Transport Police have launched an operation to stop people being killed on railway tracks during the summer.

Today, they released this picture of a man they want to trace after he was caught trespassing on the line in Horbury Junction.

Officers will be carrying out high visibility and undercover patrols on the railway tracks throughout the summer holidays.

Chief Inspector of Operations Derek O’Mara said: “We are hoping that by targeting hot spot areas and through the education work we have already done, we will reduce the number of incidents this summer and deter the majority of youngsters from playing of hanging around on the railways.

“We are also asking parents and adults to take responsibility and emphasise the dangers to your children, and if you live near the railway, ask yourself if you know where your children are playing?

“This is not about stopping children having fun – it is about keeping them safe from harm. BTP officers are all too often called to incidents where youngsters have been injured and in some cases killed because they were messing about on or near the railway and we do not want to have to tell any family that their son or daughter will not be coming home.”

Anyone with any information about the man pictured should call 0800 405040 or text 61016.