Hereford & Worcester

New patrols at 'Worcester's rail crime hotspot'

New patrols are under way to deter trespassers and vandals from "Worcester's rail crime hot spot".

Network Rail said it staff were acting as "human scarecrows" by patrolling Brickfields level crossing.

Brickfields has seen problems for years, including children "playing chicken" and objects on the line.

There have been more than 20 reported incidents over the last 12 months, including a near-miss involving three youths, a spokeswoman said.

The patrols will continue at the site over the Bank Holiday weekend.

'Close the crossing'

"The majority of incidents recorded involved young people," the firm said.

"These incidents included objects, including chains and padlocks being left on the line and children playing chicken."

The crossing has seen problems for several years, and was named among the worst rail crime hotspots in the Midlands in 2006.

Alan Milne, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: "Despite our concerted efforts, the rate of these incidents remains worrying.

"We believe a more long-term solution needs to be progressed and we are talking with the local authority to close the crossing altogether, before a tragedy happens."

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