Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pictured: More Children Dicing with Death to 'Surf' on Trams

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pictured: More Children Dicing with Death to 'Surf' on Trams

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POLICE and Metrolink bosses have issued a stark safety warning saying children who have been seen 'surfing' trams in a bizarre and dangerous new craze are putting their lives at risk.

The M.E.N. reported yesterday on an incident where a child had jumped onto the back of the tram and held on as it was moving.

And now Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM), who run the network, say there have also been a small number of other similar incidents. They include a picture sent to them by a passenger of two youngsters wedged on the coupling inbetween two carriages. Bosses say if one of them had slipped or fallen it could have had 'catastrophic' consequences and they are pleading with people not to put their own lives at risks with stupid stunts. All the incidents have now been referred to the police, who are investigating.

Control room staff - who monitor the network through an extensive network of CCTV 24/7 - have been given an urgent safety briefing - and Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) to be on the lookout for such behaviour, bosses said. Chief Insp Colette Rose, from GMP's TravelSafe Partnership, said: "This incredibly reckless behaviour could have catastrophic consequences.

"I would urge parents to emphasise to their children that they are taking their lives into their own hands when attempting to travel on the outside of trams.

"Warnings have been issued by the police, TFGM and the local media, yet still a number of individuals persist in this grossly irresponsible and potentially fatal practice.

What "Our message is simple: If you are identified as having committed this kind of offence you will be prosecuted."

you Write to: M.E.N, House, Oldham, Or email: @men-" The TravelSafe Partnership, which involves police and transport bosses, are launching an extensive youth education and engagement programme, which will highlight the dangers and consequences of crime and antisocial behaviour on the transport network, including tram 'surfing. …

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