A stark warning has been issued by police after a teenage boy was seen jumping onto a rail line and walking down the tracks at a Somerset railway station.
The alarming incident occurred at Yeovil Pen Mill, when the boy, who was walking with friends, jumped down onto the track.
A freight train that was not listed on the station’s departure boards was scheduled to pass through the station at the same time, with a serious incident only prevented by the fact that it was running five minutes late.
The boy climbed back onto the platform and nobody was injured, but a bystander described the incident as “complete stupidity”.
James Brinsford said: “It’s not a scheduled train and at that time it was getting pretty close to Yeovil Pen Mill. If the kid hadn’t got back up when he did or the train had been on time it would’ve been a bit dicey.
“You would’ve thought it’s just common sense not to do that, but it didn’t seem like they cared too much about what they were doing.”
Describing the incident, he added: “I heard shouting. It sounded like it was coming from Pittards [leather factory], almost like arguing.
“Then I noticed a group or kids or teenagers coming in at the far end of the station near the signal box. All of a sudden they were walking up the platform and shouting and swearing.
“Then one of the boys jumped down onto the track and started walking along it. It sounded like the others were egging him on to do it.
“He then climbed back onto the platform but it looked like he was struggling to get back up there.”
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