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Children dice with death playing near Northern Ireland railway lines, police warn

Police received two reports of children playing near railway lines in Newry (stock photo)
Police received two reports of children playing near railway lines in Newry (stock photo)

Police have issued a warning after children were spotted playing near railway lines in Newry.

The PSNI has received two reports of children playing in and around Dorans Hill and Low Road areas.

An officer, posting on PSNI Down's Facebook page, said: "We want everyone to remember the dangers and serious consequences of going near railway tracks and urge parents to reinforce the dangers to their children.

"Straying onto or playing on or around railway tracks is fraught with danger.

"Those people who misuse the railway lines are not only putting their own lives at risk, they are also putting the lives of other rail users at risk by doing so."

The officer advised everyone to stay clear of railway stations or halts unless using the train and to never venture on the tracks.

"We would also ask parents to help reinforce these safety messages by discussing rail safety with their children. The last thing any of us wants to see is a tragedy on our railways when one could be so easily prevented," the officer added.

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