West Midlands railway patrols being stepped up

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Patrols are being stepped up to keep young people off railway lines in the West Midlands.

British Transport Police said last year, between 1 August and 30 September, 82 offences were recorded with the majority being for trespass.

A spokesman said traditionally, the school summer holidays coincided with an increase in trespassing.

Police and Network Rail staff will target known hotspots.

PC Geoff Walker said: "Sadly, in other parts of the country, we have already seen fatalities as a result of people trespassing and neither I, nor any other officer, wants to have to tell another family that their son or daughter won't be coming home."

Trespassing hotspots include lines close to Bescot, Small Heath, Solihull, Hednesford, Rugby, Leamington Spa and Bishops Itchington.

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