Rail dangers among worst in UK

PUBLISHED: 06:43 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 24 May 2010

YOUNGSTERS are causing chaos on railway lines through Weston and Worle, turning them into some of the most dangerous in the country

YOUNGSTERS are causing chaos on railway lines through Weston and Worle, turning them into some of the most dangerous in the country.Of the 221 recorded dangerous incidents last year in the Bristol, Bath and North Somerset area, Weston contributed more than half. The incidents include stone throwing, placing objects on lines and starting fires near tracks.Earlier this year the Weston & Somerset Mercury revealed youngsters had been dicing with death by creating drinking dens underneath platforms in Weston and Worle.There were 118 recorded incidents last year at stations in Weston, Milton, Worle and Yatton. The figure also includes cases of youngsters playing on lines and throwing stones at trains in Uphill.Letters have been sent out to schools, telling pupils there have been an exceptionally high number of incidents over the past year for a town the size of Weston. Police have also visited schools.Roy Hamlin, Network Rail's general manager for the West Country, said: "We implore parents and guardians to make sure their children understand the dangers of playing on the tracks.

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