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'It could have tragic consequences': Teenagers have been spotted 'train surfing' on the Dart

Two teenagers were photographed standing between two carriages on a moving Dart at the Killester station.
Sep 5th 2017, 5:27 PM 21,873 29

PICTURES OF TWO teenage boys ‘train surfing’ – standing in between two Dart carriages as the train was on the move – are being handed to gardaí by Irish Rail.

The pictures, taken at Killester station, show the two teenage boys standing on the links which connect the Dart’s carriages together.

These images, taken by a freelance journalist, emerged after a number of videos in recent weeks of youths ‘scutting’ – clinging to the back of a vehicle to hitch a ride – on a number of the new Dublin Bus ‘SG’ model buses. Drivers have said this is a frequent issue, particularly in Tallaght and Finglas.

Irish Rail told that it is investigating the incident and that images of the individuals in questions have been passed to gardaí for investigation.

“It’s a very dangerous practice and we would appeal to young people and their parents to desist from this kind of behaviour,” the spokesperson said.

It could end in very tragic consequences.

“These instances are extremely rare but extremely serious.”

Irish Rail has said its drivers are “trained to be vigilant to such behaviour” and that a number of roaming teams of security who work on the Dart lines.

While Irish Rail said these incidents are a rare occurrence for the transport company, one Dublin Bus driver told that ‘scutting’ is becoming a regular occurrence on buses.

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“It’s getting to be regular, at the moment there is a massive anti-social behaviour in the last month. They’re climbing on the back of the buses and if they fall they could be killed, but it’s not just that there is a lot of stone-throwing etc as well.”

Dublin Bus told it is “aware of these types of incidents and has reported such to An Garda Síochána”.

“These are extremely dangerous actions which could result in serious injury and Dublin Bus strongly discourages anyone from partaking in such reckless behaviour,” it said.

With reporting by Michelle Hennessy 

Read: Row breaks out in Dublin Bus over youths ‘scutting’ on the back of new buses

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