CCTV: Railway trespass incident in Daventry
August 3, 2018
Police officers have released an image of graffiti and a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to following incidents of trespassing onto a railway near Crick in Daventry.
The incidents happened at about 10pm on Tuesday, July 31, and Thursday, August 2, when people scaled the security fencing onto the railway on the Crick and Kilsby bridleway to graffiti the sides of trains.
Not only is this a criminal offence, but local officers and British Transport Police are keen to raise awareness of the potentially fatal dangers of venturing onto a railway.
PCSO Leslie Conopo, said: “We’ve had several reports about these kinds of incidents taking place and we’re very concerned about the extremely serious risks posed to the people doing this.
“Spray painting onto train carriages under a live high voltage (25,000V) poses the very real risk of death by electrocution due to the paint vapor acting as a conductor and potentially exploding in the user’s hand causing life changing injuries, if not death.
“We would really like to speak to the man in the photo, any witnesses or anyone with any information.”
The British Transport Police campaign ‘You vs Train’ says: “Hundreds of people each year unintentionally take on the railway and lose. The railway’s full of hidden dangers. If you’re not hit by an unexpected train you’ll be hit by the lethal current in rails and power lines.
“You will be killed or left with catastrophic, life-changing injuries. And your friends and family will be left with the brutal consequences. Everyone loses when you underestimate this opponent. Everyone loses when you step on the track.”
It also features real-life stories including a short, hard-hitting film about a teenager whose life was changed forever after going onto a railway. The film and information can be found here http://www.youvstrain.co.uk.
Anyone with information about the incident near Crick, or anyone who recognises the man in the photo, can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.