Train driver ‘nearly hits’ youngsters on line at Littlehaven

A GROUP of youngsters ran in front of a train just moments before it travelled through the crossing at Littlehaven in Horsham.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have issued a warning to youths in the area who continue to trespass on the railway.

Last week saw youngsters playing close to the line and putting their lives at risk.

Now, in a bid to tackle the issue, Inspector Gary Ancell and his team of officers are appealing for them to stay clear of the tracks and would like anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

He said: “On Tuesday July 5 around 4.30pm we received a report from a passing train driver who said that he had seen a group of youths run in front of his train just moments before it travelled through the crossing.

“Although this may seem like fun to those who continue to play, what they don’t realise are the dangerous implications of this.

“Behaviour such as this is incredibly risky and can result in dire consequences. The railway is an extremely dangerous environment that should never be considered as somewhere to hang out.”

He added: “Our main concern is the safety of youngsters but we will also do everything in our power to prosecute anyone caught deliberately obstructing the railway or trespassing on the tracks and endangering people’s safety, with the maximum penalty being life imprisonment.

“Trains can’t swerve and they can’t stop suddenly. The message we are sending to youngsters is simple – stay safe and stay out of trouble.”

Officers will also be stepping up patrols in the area and will take action on anyone who continues to ignore the warning.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident of LSA/B10 of July 12.