The teenage girl did a handstand on the level crossing where trains pass at 80mph (Picture: PA)
This is the shocking moment two teenage girls were caught on CCTV doing handstands at a level crossing.
Network Rail issued an urgent warning after the footage emerged, saying the railway is ‘not a photo opportunity’.
The incident happened in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, on a stretch of track used by trains travelling up to 80mph.
Police said the girls showed a ‘blatant disregard for their own safety and others’.
Several people were also filmed standing on the crossing to take photographs, with one person lying down on the tracks.
A recent study of the crossing, situated in Attenborough Nature Reserve, recorded 22 examples of misuse in just nine days.
Network Rail route director Gary Walsh said: ‘This behaviour at Nature Reserve level crossing is absolutely shocking.
One person lies on the crossing while his friend takes a picture (Credits: PA)
‘The railway is not a photo opportunity and it is never safe to stop or hang around on the tracks.
‘The two girls doing handstands are completely oblivious to the dangers they are putting themselves in.
‘This incident could have ended in tragic consequences for them, as well as their friends and family.’
Inspector Mark Clements of British Transport Police added: ‘The people in this footage are clearly showing a shocking and blatant disregard for their own safety and others.
A cyclist risks their life to take a picture at the level crossing (Picture: PA)
‘Trespass is a criminal offence, it can result in tragic consequences or life-changing injuries.
‘We regularly patrol this area and remind everyone of the importance of taking care around the railway and to not trespass.’
The incident involving handstands was filmed in July. This was 12 months after a couple were caught on CCTV posing for wedding photos while standing at a level crossing near Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Network Rail said it is doing ‘all we can’ to improve safety at level crossings, but it needs communities to ‘work with us’.
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