Rail services were again disrupted by children playing near the lines in Marsden.

And now worried police have labelled the pranks as “stupid and dangerous”.

It is at least the third incident in recent weeks of people being seen on or near the railway lines in the village.

There have been a number of incidents close to the Standedge Tunnel, which sees regular trains on the Huddersfield to Manchester lines.

In the latest incident on Sunday, children were seen playing near the lines through the village.

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Details have been revealed by Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing team, who said it was: “Stupid, stupid, dangerous and stupid!”

A spokesman said: “What else can we say?

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“Yet again, we have had reports earlier today of kids on the train tracks at Marsden.

“Yet again, that has meant trains have been distrupted. Yet again, lives have been at risk.

Standedge Tunnel at Marsden.

“If you live in Marsden and are a parent of children aged between 0 and 17, please speak to them about this issue.

“Please tell them how utterly dangerous and stupid it is to go anywhere near the tracks.

“Please explain to them that train tracks are not for messing about on.

“Please do not let the next time we go to a call of kids on the train tracks be the one which has ended in tragedy.”

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Local resident Kellie Marie Bostock tweeted about the dangers.

She said: “I was the one who called it in after hearing the train blast its horn.

“My garden faces onto the tracks. My three-year-old son even said to me ‘People on train tracks naughty and dangerous’ so how is it my three-year-old knows this yet the idiots on the tracks didn’t?”

Rail companies claim the cost of halting or slowing down trains because of such incidents costs many thousands of pounds.

Last month one incident with youths on the tracks at Marsden meant 17 trains were cancelled and over 100 were delayed.

Police warning to youngsters on rail lines