Teens slammed for ‘extremely dangerous’ tram-surfing stunt

Teens who tram-surfed in Manchester have been slammed for ‘putting people’s lives at risk’.

The teens were spotted near Victoria station and were filmed as they grabbed onto the front of the moving carriage.

The man who filmed the shocking footage told the Manchester Evening News he was on a tram heading towards Bury when a group of around five teenagers began hurling sweets at the windows.

“We thought they were stones at first,” the reader, who asked not to be named, said.

“Some of the passengers were telling them to stop and some were laughing at them.

“The next minute, I looked to my right and there was another one stood where the trams couple off, surfing along.


“Another one decided to try and jump on the back of our tram and hang off by the wiper.

“It’s a bit stupid.”

His footage captured the boy jumping on the back of the tram.

The reader thought the boys were aged around 15-years-old.

Figures show crime on the tram network has been on the increase in recent years.

Between January and February 2016, there was an average of seven crimes a day recorded including reports of fighting, criminal damage and staff being verbally abused.

Much of the anti-social behaviour was caused by gangs of youths – with reports of children as young as eight or nine being involved.

TfGM’s head of Metrolink Danny Vaughan said: “Thankfully incidents of people ‘surfing’ on trams – or other public transport vehicles – are extremely rare.


“Most people, including those who share videos of their exploits and those who watch them, won’t need telling that such behaviour is extremely dangerous and puts lives at risk.

“The age of the person in this instance is particularly concerning, as are reports of riding a couple unit holding two trams together, and I cannot stress enough just how reckless this is.”

Police have confirmed they are investigating.

Inspector Stephen Henderson from GMP’s TravelSafe partnership said: “Greater Manchester Police have been made aware of footage that shows an individual jumping onto the outside of a moving tram.

“This is extremely reckless behaviour. The consequences could have been catastrophic.

“We have an officer investigating and enquiries are ongoing alongside our partners to identify the individual.”

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