Youngsters in Corby have been warned not to cross railway lines following a number of incidents.
Sgt Rob Bowley from the British Transport Police East Midlands Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “There have been several instances recently where children have been seen to trespass on the track close to Corby station and an industrial area.
“Trespass may not sound like a serious offence but, in the unforgiving environment of the railway, it can be fatal.
“Anyone who trespasses on to the railway is taking a gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of all the staff and passengers travelling on the trains.”
As a result, officers are stepping up patrols in the area and warning that anyone caught trespassing on the track will be dealt with appropriately.
“The railway is an inherently dangerous environment, with high speed trains and electric currents, and it should never be treated as a playground or somewhere to hang about.
“Parents and adults must also take responsibility and emphasise the dangers to your children, and if you live near the railway, ask yourself if you know where your children are playing?
“If you are caught deliberately obstructing the railway or trespassing on the tracks and endangering people’s safety we will do everything in our power to prosecute you and put you before the courts, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
“My message is simple – stay safe and stay off the tracks.”
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.