After five people were hit and killed by trains in and around Surrey in the space of just nine days , authorities have spoken about their work to prevent such tragedies.

The incidents happened between Tuesday January 24 and Thursday February 2 in Woking , Oxshott , New Malden and East Croydon.

British Transport Police (BTP) said none of the deaths are being treated as suspicious . All five deaths will be subject to formal inquest proceedings where an official cause of death will be determined in each case. The force spoke of the "huge amount of work" it does to prevent such deaths.

BTP said it has a dedicated Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Team which deals with issues such as these. A spokesman for BTP said: "We work with our partners to protect vulnerable people and try to prevent them from taking their life. "Where police contact is made with an individual who demonstrates vulnerability or mental health issues, an assessment is made and a Suicide Prevention Plan (SSP) is undertaken, involving engagement with our partners to get the best outcome for the individual involved.

The force supports the Samaritans and the charity's campaign "We're In Your Corner", which reaches out, in particular, to working class men in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are most at risk. Three images featuring men of different ages, a soldier, a workman and a boxing trainer, appear in campaign posters to address male audiences in an attempt to increase awareness of the Samaritans’ support services among people who may be struggling to cope. The posters will be displayed at rail locations across the rail network.

Samaritans and BTP are also working with Network Rail to reduce railway deaths.

A spokesman for the charity said: "Samaritans volunteers regularly raise awareness of our service in their communities to encourage people to reach out for help if they are struggling."

Charity Mind also offered its support following Time to Talk Day on Thursday (February 2) - a day designed to bring the nation together to break the silence around mental health problems. Stephen Buckley, head of information at Mind, said tragic events on our railways can be prevented "with the right support in place". "Telling someone how you feel can be a relief, and might be a good first step towards getting help," he said. "Friends and family can be there for you emotionally, but also help you think about what you need to keep yourself safe and get support."

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