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Caught on camera - boy lying across rail tracks

Shocking footage has been released showing a boy lying across a live rail at a Hampshire station.

British Transport Police issued it to show the dangers of trespassing on the railway. It's trying to trace the two youngsters who were recorded at Woolston station in Southampton.

The Force has issued CCTV footage from the station, showing one of the youths appearing to lie across the tracks with his head resting on the third rail.

Officers want to speak to the two individuals in the video and are appealing for the public's assistance in tracing them.

The incident took place at Woolston station between 4am and 6am on Sunday, 2nd August.

"This was a truly shocking incident in which one of these individuals could easily have been killed or seriously injured. They seem totally oblivious to the risks as they play on the line, with one of them even resting his head on the third rail which is normally electrified.

"Luckily for them, all power was switched off due to overnight engineering works. However, there would have been no way of them knowing this, making their behaviour even more concerning.

"Also, diesel trains involved in the works were running, with one passing through the station shortly before these individuals decided to venture onto the tracks. If the power had been on, I have no doubt we would be dealing with a fatality.

"They may have cheated death but now we want to talk to them about their reckless behaviour. I am appealing directly to these individuals to come forward to police. I am also appealing to anyone who recognises them to get in touch.

"Our message to the public is clear; stay off the tracks. The railway line is a dangerous environment with passing trains and electrified rails presenting real dangers."

– Sergeant Alisar Kennerley

The appeal comes 11 days after three men were injured when they received electric shocks on the line at nearby Totton railway station.

Officers are now appealing for the public's assistance in tracing the three people from the Woolston CCTV video.