Bride And Groom Caught Trespassing On Railway Track For Wedding Pictures
Network Rail have issued an urgent warning for people to stay off the tracks after a newly-married couple were caught on CCTV trespassing on a level crossing near Whitby in North Yorkshire to get some shots.
A bridesmaid in a turquoise gown held up the train of the mystery blonde's dress for the photos - with a photographer standing on the live line just feet away.
The shocking images had been released by Network Rail to raise awareness of people trespassing on railway lines; a craze that has become all the more common as lockdown restrictions started to ease.
Figures show there were 5,100 trespass incidents between June and September, with last month seeing 1,239 incidents - the highest amount of five years.
Network Rail have previously tried to tackle the issue of youth trespass with their You vs Train campaign two years ago.
However, while numbers of teens trespassing have fallen, overall numbers have risen.
For the first time in three years the total number of incidents in August and September 2020 have increased - by 12 per cent and 17 per cent respectively - compared to the same months in 2019.
Keen photographers and models have been caught on camera using the railway as a backdrop.
Another set of CCTV footage showed models posing on a live railway line at a level crossing between Cardiff and Swansea, where trains can travel up to 85 miles per hour.
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A woman can be seen strolling up and down the tracks and even sitting on them while a man sets up a camera angle to the side.
Allan Spence, of Network Rail, said: "These numbers show just how much work still needs to be done to educate people about rail safety.
"Our You vs Train campaign has been really successful getting the message to young people but adults still aren't taking heed. Wedding photos or selfies on the track are just plain stupidity.
"We often warn families at this time of year as kids enjoy school half term holidays. But this time we are appealing to adults in particular.
"Please, make sure you know the rail safety basics and pass that knowledge onto your loved ones. Lead by example and stay off the tracks. No ifs, no buts - no tears."
Superintendent Alison Evans of British Transport Police added: "The railway is not an appropriate or safe setting for a photographic backdrop - no matter how scenic the setting.
"Every time someone strays onto the rail network they are not only putting themselves at risk of serious, life-threatening injury, but also delaying essential journeys.
"Passenger and freight trains are still using the railway 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing much needed services of transporting people and goods. Please, stay off the track."
Featured Image Credit: SWNS
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