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Police called to Faversham railway station after man seen trespassing

By Matt Leclere

Police have been trying to track down a man trespassing on the railway this afternoon.

Officers were called to Faversham station today after the man was spotted running across the tracks.

The man was spotted by a train driver who alerted station staff.

Police were called after a man was seen trespassing on the railway at Faversham. Picture British Transport Police

Police were called after a man was seen trespassing on the railway at Faversham. Picture: British Transport Police

A spokesman for the British Transport Police (BTP) said: "We were called at 12.09pm to tracks near Faversham station, after a train driver spotted someone on the line.

"Staff at the station spoke to a man, but he then ran off."

The incident has prompted BTP to remind passengers not to trespass on the railway.

The BTP's Kent team tweeted this evening: "Please remember tracks are for trains not people."

Between July 2006 and July 2016 just under half of those killed while trespassing were under 25-year-olds.

BTP says almost 170 young people died during that period.

Trespassing on railways is a criminal offence carrying a fine of up to £1,000. It can also lead to other offences such as endangering trains and other rail users and can carry up to a life imprisonment.

Anyone who sees people trespassing on the railway is urged to call BTP on 0800 405040 text 61016 or dial 999.

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