Warning to Newton Aycliffe rail line trespassers
People who trespass on railway lines in County Durham have been told they are putting their lives at risk.
The warning follows an increase in reports of cyclists or walkers on or next to the tracks between Newton Aycliffe and Shildon.
British Transport Police (BTP) said that the area between the two stations was not a public right of way.
It had already issued a number of cautions or penalty notices, and would be continuing to monitor the area.
Pc Andrew Cook, of BTP, added: "The railway is not a playground or recreational area, and trespassing on or around the tracks is not only dangerous but can have serious, and sometimes fatal, consequences.
"We will not tolerate any form of trespassing or criminal behaviour and will not hesitate to take action against those responsible."