Rail bosses release shocking footage of trespassers taking photos and lying down on train tracks

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Shocking footage has been released of teenagers lying on train tracks as railway bosses launched new technology to warn people approaching level crossings.

Network Rail released CCTV footage showing young people trespassing on the tracks, with one person even stopping to take a photograph in the middle of a railway line.

It comes as Network Rail and British Transport Police rolled out geo-targeting technology that will alert pedestrian’s phones when they are approaching a crossing. 

The shocking footage was taken at Simpson’s Foot Crossing in Sittingbourne, in Kent. 

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Young people can be seen lying on the tracks in the footage (Network Rail)

The people featured were all identified by authorities and spoken to by officials from Network Rail.

Network Rail community safety manager Nicola Dooris said: “Many young people simply don’t think about the dangers of the railway and parents will know how difficult it is to drag their kids away from their phones or other tech.  

“Those two factors together mean that we have a constant battle to get through to children to help them stay out of danger. Anything parents can do to help us could make all the difference.”

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One person can be seen taking pictures while stood in the middle of the railway tracks (Network Rail)

In April, Network Rail revealed trespassing on Britain’s railways has reached an all-time high.

According to Network Rail and British Transport Police, an average of one person trespasses on the tracks every hour in the country.

In the last five years, there have been more than 2,000 reported incidents.


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