1. ITV Report

Two children taken across a busy railway line by their mother

A mother has been caught taking her two children - including one in a buggy - across a busy railway line in Essex.

Mother seen pushing pram over rail tracks in Essex Credit: BTP

She was caught on CCTV taking a shortcut over the line at Pitsea. Trains run regularly along the route from Southend-on-Sea into east London.

Police say hundreds of children and young adults - as many as 14 a day - risk their lives and those of rail passengers and staff every year by trespassing on railways.

Nationally, between April and June this year police recorded almost 2,400 incidents of trespass, of which almost 1,300 involved people aged 25 or younger.

The CCTV images have been released to highlight the dangers.

Child by the side of the tracks Credit: BTP

Children and young adults need to understand the dangers of the railway – that’s the message from British Transport Police as our officers spend the next two months targeting trespassers across the network.

While taking trespassers through the courts remains open to BTP, the main focus of this campaign is prevention – stopping people getting on the track in the first place.

Our officers have already visited a number of schools to warn children, face-to-face, of the dangers of straying onto the railway.

We need parents to play their part, too – making children aware of how dangerous a place the railway can be.

– British Transport Police