Safety warning after rowdy behaviour on Transpennine Real Ale Trail

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Police are warning drinkers an a popular real ale train route to behave after reports of anti-social behaviour.

Safety fears have been raised after some people on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail fell off platforms and ran across the train tracks, disrupting rial services.

Swearing and urinating on platforms have also been reported to police on the trail, which runs through Batley, Dewsbury and Mirfield.

British Transport Police (BTP) said they would be carrying out high-profile operations to clampdown on rowdy behaviour and warn of the dangers of dangers of being drunk on the railway.

Inspector Richard Price said: “The Real Ale Trail is a novel and fun experience and the vast majority of the people who follow the trail behave in a decent and respectful manner, and we would like to thank them for such. However there are a few whose behaviour, whether fuelled by alcohol or not, is unacceptable.”

BTP have also launched a non-emergency text messaging service for passengers to report rowdy behaviour on the line. They are encourage to text to 61016 of any incidents occur.

Martyn Guiver, head of crime management for Northern Rail, said: “Our Rail Response Team is present to deal with a variety of incidents and prevent trespassing on the railway and we have additional control measures in place to ensure platforms are as clear as possible for passing trains.

“Our priority is the safety of all our customers and these measures will help to ensure this.”