Police issue stern warning about railway tampering

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Mt Barker police are warning the public to stay away from railway lines or risk jail time after a series of incidents which they say could have caused derailments.

Three of the incidents happened on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, when Arc Infrastructure, which maintains the lines, had to remove objects which caused railway crossing warning lights to activate.

Those incidents came at three locations in the Mt Barker district.

Police have issued a reminder about how serious the criminal charges are relating to interfering with railways.

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Trespassing can carry a fine of $1000 while a charge of acting with intent to obstruct or injure a railway can carry a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

Mt Barker police Acting Sergeant Kevin Loveland said trespassers would be charged.

“Railway lines are private property and you can’t go on them,” Act. Sgt Loveland said.

“This is quite a serious matter. It has happened four times recently and if items are placed on the railway line, there’s a possibility of a derailment. Arc have had to come out and remove some items from the railway.

“It is not safe to be on the railway lines and providing there is evidence, if you trespass on private property, you’ll be charged.”

Act. Sgt Loveland said police would keep a close eye on lines in their area.

“We have a good idea on locations and how it’s been done. We are looking more than usual. We have heard about this before but have had a spurt recently. It’s just not safe to be on the lines.”

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