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Shocking footage of people taking risks on level crossings

Police are looking to crack down on those who take unnecessary risks at level crossings - last year over 1000 of drivers were caught misusing them.

This week officers have launched Operation Look which is using the latest number plate recognition technology to monitor traffic crossing the train tracks.

It's backed by Tina Hughes who lost her 14 year old daughter and her best friend in a level crossing accident.

Tina Hughes Credit: ITV News

I'm always motivated to try and prevent people going through what we've been through because when there's a death on a level crossing they're pretty horrendous.

– Tina Hughes

Shocking footage of people taking risks on level crossings

Police are looking to crack down on those who take unnecessary risks at level crossings - last year over 1000 of drivers were caught misusing them.

This week officers have launched Operation Look which is using the latest number plate recognition technology to monitor traffic crossing the train tracks.

It's backed by Tina Hughes who lost her 14 year old daughter and her best friend in a level crossing accident.

Tina Hughes Credit: ITV News

I'm always motivated to try and prevent people going through what we've been through because when there's a death on a level crossing they're pretty horrendous.

– Tina Hughes

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More calls to abolish level crossings 10 years after Ufton Nervet crash

The level crossing at Ufton Nervet near to the scene of the rail crash Credit: PA

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet rail crash which killed seven people - including the train driver Stanley Martin from Torquay and 14 year old Emily Webster from Doccombe in Devon.

It took place at a level crossing. The RMT union are marking the anniversary by calling for Network Rail to speed up its efforts to phase them out.

Network Rail have got a programme of closing these level crossings but I don't think it's been prioritised enough. I think money's going on other things and perhaps should have been diverted towards doing this. The worrying thing is you see a number of these level crossings are quite near to schools and places where children cross. When you've got that combination it is inevitable that there are going to be serious accidents.

– TEVE HEADLEY, RMT UNION

Tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet train crash

The wreckage at Ufton Nervet where seven people died Credit: PA

Today marks the tenth anniversary of a rail crash which killed seven people - including two from the West Country.

Train driver Stanley Martin from Torquay and 14 year old Emily Webster from Doccombe lost their lives in the collision at a level crossing at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire.

Today the rail union RMT are renewing calls to speed up the phasing out of level crossings. Plans to replace the crossing at the site of the disaster have not been implemented - despite a further 11 deaths there since the incident 10 years ago.

Network Rail apologises over level crossing deaths

Network Rail has offered a "full and unreserved apology" to families bereaved by level crossing accidents.

In 2011 Jeanette Nicholls, died from multiple injuries after using a foot crossing in Long Rock in Cornwall. The crossing was later closed.

The apology came as an MPs' report strongly criticised Network Rail's handling of tragedies in the past. The Chief Executive, Mark Carne, says they will be focusing on the underlying causes of such incidents.

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