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Extinction Rebellion Otepoti protesters stopped a train carrying coal from leaving Dunedin Railway Station, delaying it for about an hour from about 7.20am yesterday.
It followed a similar protest on Wednesday.
Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said the train drivers reported they had not seen the activists until the train was at a dangerously close distance.
"Climate change activists are again putting people at risk, this time putting 16-year-old youths on the track in hours of darkness.
"Once [the train] starts moving, they can’t actually just stop.
"The protesters are endangering their lives, and the activists that are standing on the platform are encouraging them to endanger their lives as well."
A KiwiRail spokesman said the company would not comment further on what it said in its statement on Wednesday.
"We are always concerned for the safety of anyone who trespasses on to railway tracks or into our terminals, and this situation is being managed by the police."
A police spokeswoman said they were called to the protest at 7.45am.
No arrests were made and police had not issued any trespass notices "at this time", she said.