Teenagers sentenced for 'train surfing' in Essex

Teenagers sentenced for 'train surfing' in Essex

The teenagers jumped between train carriages (Stock image)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Two teenagers have been sentenced today (November 20) for "train surfing" in Essex.

Both were filmed climbing between carriages and then holding onto the outside of a train as it moved along. British Transport Police has said this stunt was highly dangerous and could have killed the teenagers.

The teenagers were given charges of endangering the safety of a person conveyed on the railway and pleaded guilty.

Harris Ahmed, who is 18 years old, has been given a 12-month community order and told to pay a victim surcharge of £105 at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

The 16-year-old, who has not been named for legal reasons, has been given a four-month referral order and must pay a victim surcharge of £105.

British Transport Police's Inspector Steve Webster said: “These pranksters risked their lives in making this reckless YouTube video. It isn’t impressive, it is stupid.

"I am stunned that people still think that so-called train surfing is a clever idea, when every day our force sees tragedy on the railway.

"At one point in the video, you can see that the two boys foolishly lean above the train as it travels at high speed. This puts them dangerously close to the overhead power lines, which carry 25,000 volts of electricity. A disaster was very narrowly avoided during this stunt."

Watch footage of the "train surfing" below