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School boys seen on tracks near Rainham

By Amy Nickalls

Four school boys were reportedly spotted on a railway line in Rainham.

The British Transport Police was called at 7.41am to the railway line in Scott Avenue after the boys were seen.

Officers carried out checks and were unable to find them but are carrying out further enquiries.

A spokesmen from the force has said this happens almost daily despite the clear dangers.

In the last 10 years almost 170 people have lost their lives trespassing on the railway and almost have of those killed were under 25.

The website says: “We’re doing all we can to keep people safe by patrolling areas we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent them from doing so.

“We’re also working closely with Network Rail and train operators to reduce trespass by improving security across the network, using covert surveillance to catch offenders and going into schools to warn children of the
dangers of trespassing.

“But we cannot tackle this issue alone. That is why we are urging parents and young people to take a reality check when it comes to trespass. It’s not a game: they are real tracks, with real trains and real life consequences.

“You can help us drive down trespass by talking to your children about the dangers of going on the tracks and making sure you get home safely.

“Don’t let your door be the one we knock on to say your loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of trespassing.”

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