Police shocked by rail station risk taker

CCTV of man at Durham railway station who walked across the tracks.
CCTV of man at Durham railway station who walked across the tracks.
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POLICE have slammed a man who diced with death by using a railway line as a shortcut.

They have issued CCTV images of a man they want to question in connection with the incident in which someone was seen running between the two platforms at Durham railway station.

British Transport Police (BTP) said a man entered the station before jumping on to the tracks from the southbound platform.

He then ran across and climbed on to the northbound platform, before boarding a train.

Sergeant Steve Davies, of BTP, said: “I am genuinely shocked to see that despite our constant warnings about the risk and dangers, some people are still willing to risk their lives by trespassing on the tracks.

“We have had a number of near misses at the station where people have run across the tracks and only narrowly avoided being hit by a train.

“People need to be aware that services regularly travel though the station at speeds of more than 125 miles per hour, at this speed a train takes 2km, or the length of 20 football pitches to stop.”

Sgt Davies added: “People think that taking a shortcut isn’t really a risk and that they can get out of the way of any train.

“However, the fatality figures show they are wrong and if people continue to be irresponsible and reckless by crossing the tracks in Durham, sadly this figure will increase.”

It happened at about 8.15pm on Saturday, October 6.