Transport bosses have issued a warning to 'tram-surfers' that their reckless stunts 'could very easily result in death' after a shocking video emerged of a boy clinging to the back of a moving carriage in Manchester.
In footage shared online, the hooded youngster, thought to be aged around 12 by witnesses, can be seen running after the Metrolink tram in Rochdale town centre.
He then jumps on the back of the yellow rail vehicle as it picks up speed and clings on for several minutes - despite dangerously passing other moving trams.
Footage of the stunt, which took place at around 5pm on Friday, was captured by a member of the public.
In footage shared online the hooded youngster, thought to be aged around 12, can be seen running after the Metrolink tram in Rochdale. He then jumps on the back of the rail vehicle as it picks up speed and clings on for several minutes
The filmmaker, who wished to not be identified, said: 'He only looked about 12 and he was on the back of the tram for a couple of minutes before I started recording.
'I saw him and just thought "Wow, that's so dangerous", so I started recording him and then put it up on Facebook to show how dangerous it was.'
The TravelSafe Partnership, the security team which patrols Greater Manchester's public transport, say they are aware of a 'small but continued number' of tram-surfing incidents on the Metrolink.
Officers have previously spoken to the parents of some of the youngsters involved, visited schools to give talks on the dangers of the stunt and 'launched a more robust enforcement of the Metrolink bylaws'.
Footage of the stunt, which took place at around 5pm on Friday, was captured by a member of the public
Danny Vaughan, TfGM's head of Metrolink, said: 'This type of reckless behaviour could very easily result in death or very serious injury and I would urge people to stay safe and not be tempted into risking their lives in this way.
'One slip could lead to a tragedy and the last thing we want is someone's child not coming home because they took a needless risk.
'We do run a comprehensive youth engagement programme warning young people about the dangers and consequences of this type of behaviour but unfortunately there remains a small number of people who seem determined to risk their lives.
'Our staff are vigilant, but I would urge anyone who sees something like this to let us know as soon as possible and help ensure nobody gets hurt.'