Police warn of dangers of "mindless train surfing"
Children as young as seven are putting their lives in danger by attempting to "surf" on the side of trains, police have said.
British Transport Police (BTP) have issued a stark warning on the dangers of messing around on the railway.
Recent incidents have included reports of children attempting to surf off the side of a train as it pulled out of Maesteg station, and another of children aged between seven and 12 trying the same at Garth station.
BTP Sergeant Steve Dawkins said: "It is hard to believe that anyone could be so mindless as to try to surf off the side of a train — it would only take a minor slip for them to fall between the train and the platform.
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"While these youths seem to have no regard for their own safety, they are clearly gambling with their lives
"I am extremely concerned that if this incredibly dangerous trend continues it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or even killed.
He added that such behaviour would not be tolerated on the network.
"The railway is not a playground and should never be treated as such," he said.
Police say they have stepped up patrols at stations in the Maesteg area and on trains, and are also visiting local schools to drive home the safety message.