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Photographs show children hanging out on a level crossing - apparently oblivious to any danger

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Children have been photographed sitting, lying down and playing on a level crossing, seemingly oblivious to the danger which could be seconds away, and travelling at up to 60mph - meaning certain death.

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Network Rail and British Transport Police have released the images, taken in Rutland, to warn families about the dangers of level crossings and railway lines, as the summer holidays get underway and children may be playing outside.

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A split second decision can have life changing consequences, not only for those involved, but also for their family and friends and railway workers.

The railway is not a playground and we would urge parents to speak to their children about how to keep safe at level crossings, stations and when using the railway.

– Vicki Beadle, Community Safety Manager, Network Rail
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There are numerous dangers on the railway track, we can't stress enough the risk you are taking when you step on to the line...It can take a matter of seconds for a life to be destroyed.

– British Transport Police Inspector Jacqueline Wilson
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Network Rail say in the last five years there have been more than 2,000 incidents on level crossings involving young people.