PARENTS are being urged to educate their kids about the dangers of trespassing ahead of the summer holidays.

The British Transport Police (BTP)  launched the campaign after a number of incidents on the railways of Scotland.

So far, 1969 trespass incidents were recorded in the country, up from 1632 in the previous year.

Additionally, BTP has dealt with 778 incidents of vandalism this year so far, compared to 635 in 2020-2021.

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British Transport Police Inspector, Michael Magee explained: “The railway is not a playground. Every time someone steps onto the track they are putting themselves at risk of serious, life-changing injury.

 “We tend to see a spike in cases of juvenile related trespass and anti-social behaviour during the school holidays. This summer we are urging parents and carers to have that conversation with their children to ensure they are aware of the dangers of the railway.

"Safety is our top priority and we’re asking that we all speak to our loved ones to prevent further damage or serious injury.”

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Liam Sumpter, Network Rail route director for Scotland, said: “Trespassing on the railway is incredibly dangerous - trains take a long time to stop and anyone struck by one will suffer serious injury or worse.

“The railway is also full of hidden dangers – like overhead power lines which can carry up to 25,000 volts and kill instantly.

 “We are working closely with the British Transport Police, and other partners, to raise awareness of the dangers of trespass and would urge the public to keep off the tracks.”

Trespass is illegal, and anyone caught could face up to £1,000 fine and be left with a criminal record.