Footage of moment man paralysed on train tracks released

BTP have released video as warning against playing on railways

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              Shocking footage warns of dangers of children playing on railway tracks

Network Rail and the British Transport Police have released a video of near-misses, culminating in a man being struck and paralysed by a train, in a bid to warn parents of the dangers of their children playing on railway tracks.

As the summer holidays kick off, children are being urged to stay off train tracks as alarming new figures show that children are twice as likely to trespass on tracks over the summer compared with winter.

Almost 600 trespass incidents were reported last August compared with 300 in December.

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Over the past 10 years almost 170 young people have lost their lives after trespassing on the railway. Data shows that just under half of those killed are below the age of 25.

According to Network Rail, most trespassers highlight taking a shortcut (42 per cent) as their main motivation for committing the crime, followed by thrill-seeking (19 per cent).

Graham Hopkins, Network Rail group safety, technical and engineering director, said: "We are urging parents to remind their children that if they are on the railway, they are on dangerous ground. It may seem like a good idea to take a shortcut, or like fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also dangerous.

"Britain has the safest railway in Europe but still too many people lose their lives on the tracks. As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers that exist.

"Taking a shortcut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death."

Tom Crosby received a 25,000-volt electric shock while 'playing' on the railway when he was just 14 years old. He now works with Network Rail to warn children about the dangers of playing on the tracks.

He said: "I always just thought playing on the tracks was a bit of fun. I never thought it would leave me with nerve damage and visible scars from skin grafts that I'll have for the rest of my life. I was burnt from head to toe and the doctors told my mum that there was only a 25 per cent chance I'd make it through the night.

"After the incident my life completely changed. I went downhill and last year I reached rock bottom.

"I decided to contact Network Rail to try and do something positive. They have helped me to tell my story to children and adults across the country to warn people not to trespass on the tracks.

"If I was to tell my 14-year-old-self something, I'd say the rail tracks aren't a playground, it's somewhere that can kill you, and that's something no one's family should have to go through."