Rail pranks ‘put lives on line’ - police

kna  Knaresborough train station.  090130M2c.
kna Knaresborough train station. 090130M2c.

Young people are putting their lives on the line with “reckless” and “criminal” pranks at Knaresborough railway station, police have warned.

Officers from British Transport Police say they are becoming “increasingly concerned” that someone is going to get hurt after a string of incidents.

The latest report, on July 21, saw a group of drunk young men running on the tracks, climbing the gantry and hassling passengers.

One young man, aged in his 20s, even stopped on the line to make a phone call.

PC Nick Storey, of British Transport Police (BTP) said: “This behaviour is now crossing the line and passengers and staff at the station are being intimidated.

“It is only a matter of time before we have a major incident on our hands due to the reckless behaviour of some.”

Police have now increased patrols and are talking to residents and pub owners.

They are particularly interested in tracing the group of 10 to 12 men, aged in their 20s, who were at the station on July 21.

Anyone with information is asked to British Transport Police on 0800 405040.