Youngsters are dicing with death by playing on train lines in Huddersfield.

Police have urged parents to warn their children of the dangers after a spate of incidents, especially in the Colne Valley.

And they warned the next call could involve a dead child.

In the latest incident, six children, aged between 10 and 12, were seen playing on the line between Golcar and Slaithwaite by a train driver just before 7pm on Wednesday evening. They were seen again on the tracks about half an hour later.

Slaithwaite railway station
Slaithwaite railway station.

Kirklees Neighbourhood Rural policing officers say it is “dangerous stupidity” and have urged parents to tell their children to stay off the tracks.

“We have had yet another call from British Transport Police telling us about kids being seen on the railway lines, this time between Golcar and Slaithwaite.

“Calls from BTP and Network Rail about kids on the line, especially in the Colne Valley, are increasing and we are concerned about how frequent these calls are becoming.

“We are trying to get something educational together to show to children in the area but until then, please speak to your children about how dangerous and stupid it is to go anywhere near the train tracks. The next call could be a fatality. Please tell your kids it is deadly.”

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There have been a number of incidents across Huddersfield in recent months.

In April, police stepped up patrols at both ends of Standedge Tunnel at Marsden, after gangs of youths were seen near the busy line, forcing train services to be halted or slowed.

Some eight to 10 youths were seen trespassing in disused tunnels next to the railway line and a stop had to be put on the line whilst officers searched the extensive tunnels which link to the railway line.

The tunnels are gated but the youths had managed to gain access.