[VIDEO] Parents asked to remind children of rail safety as patrols increased near Longbridge station

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With at least 8 incidents of children and young people on the lines near Longbridge station this month, British Transport Police - West Midlands are asking: “Do you know where your kids are this half term?” as they step up patrols in the area in the hope of keeping children off the tracks. MORE on the dangers and resources to share with your child: http://b31.org.uk/2018/10/parents-asked-to-remind-children-of-rail-safety-as-patrols-increased-near-longbridge-station/ Video from www.youvstrain.co.uk

Posted by B31 Voices on Tuesday, 30 October 2018

British Transport Police (BTP) in Birmingham are asking parents and carers: “Do you know where your kids are this half term?” as they step up patrols in the Longbridge area in the hope of keeping children off the tracks.

In the last month, there have been at least eight incidents of children or young people being seen on the line or placing items on the tracks in the Tessall Lane area near Longbridge station.

Parents asked to highlight the dangers to children

Alongside the increased patrols, officers will be writing to local residents, as well as raising awareness of the dangers within nearby schools after half term.

Sgt Eddie Carlin from BTP said: “I cannot stress how dangerous this is, not only to those doing it but the risk it poses to those travelling on oncoming trains.

“Unfortunately, many young people seem to be drawn to the railway, particularly during the school holidays, and we often see an increase in trespass on the network at these times.”

Sgt Carling urged parents and carers to support their increased patrols by keeping a check on where their children are playing and speaking to them about the risks of the railway.

For more information and useful material to discuss with your child, visit the You vs Train website

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