Concerns have been raised after the number of trespassers on the railway has hit a ten-year high.

Last year, 550 children were caught on the tracks and the British Transport Police set up dedicated teams to try and stop people from going onto the lines.

TransPennine Express has voiced serious concerns, especially over the last few months when children have not been in school due to the Covid-19 lockdown. In the first month, more than 1,000 people were caught trespassing.

Liz Collins, of TransPennine Express, said: “The fact that trespassing is at a ten-year high and that almost half of those killed doing so have been under 25, is an extremely shocking and upsetting statistic.

“As a rail provider for the North, we’re doing all we can to help keep people safe and reduce trespassing across the network."