Girls seen doing handstands on train track in ‘absolutely shocking’ behaviour

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The youths diced with death on a stretch of tracks used by trains at 80mph. Police have blasted the behaviour, caught on camera earlier this year but only made public this week to warn other young people. 

Officers said the girls showed a “blatant disregard for their own safety and others” at the level crossing near Broxtowe, Nottingham.

Gary Walsh, Network Rail route director, told Somerset Live: “This behaviour at Nature Reserve level crossing is absolutely shocking.

“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.”

Trains hurtle into Nottingham along the line, and out to other parts of the Midlands in the other direction.

Inspector Mark Clements of British Transport Police said: “The people in this footage are clearly showing a shocking and blatant disregard for their own safety and others.

“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.”

Network Rail said it is doing “all we can” to improve safety at level crossings, but it needs communities to “work with us”.

It has launched a new programme named Switch On to teach children about the dangers of the railway and development their awareness of hazards.

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