Crackdown on railway trespassers in East Midlands

British Transport Police are cracking down on youngsters playing on railway tracks across the East Midlands during the Easter break.

Police said the problem was worse at this time of year due to lighter evenings and better weather.

In April at least 33 incidents have been recorded including trespassing and bricks being thrown at trains.

Officers will be patrolling the lines both on foot and on a special train which is fitted with CCTV.

Insp Mark Clements, of British Transport Police, said: "In Leicester we've had two 10-year-olds that were taken off the embankment next to the main line.

"In Mansfield we've had incidents of trespassing and where stones and bricks have been thrown at trains, causing damage to the windscreens of the trains, resulting in them being taken out of service."

Police will be working with Network Rail and East Midlands Trains to target known hot-spots.

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