Boy runs across train tracks as level crossing barriers close and gets stuck

Red lights were flashing as the boy risked his life running across tracks

Boy runs across train tracks as level crossing barriers close and gets stuck

The moment a boy risked his life by walking across train tracks at a level crossing when a red light was showing has been caught on camera.

​British Transport Police (BTP) officers have issued footage of the youngster trespassing at a level crossing, in the hope that someone who knows him will come forward.

The incident, at the crossing in Navigation Road, Altrincham on Monday 15 December, was caught on camera by a motorist waiting at the barriers.

PCSO Lee Howard said: "At around 4.20pm, a group of schoolchildren approached the barrier.

"One of the boys crossed the line, despite the barriers being down, before walking across the track and forcing the barrier to rise.

"Thankfully, the boy was uninjured, but I cannot overstate how dangerous his actions were.

"Level crossing barriers are there to protect those on the train and road users and pedestrians. By vaulting the barrier when the red lights were flashing, the boy put his life and that of others at risk.

"Our officers regularly visit schools to talk to children about level crossing safety, but there are still youngsters who are ignorant of the dangers.

"I would like to talk to the boy in this video about his behaviour. Do you know who he is?"

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B8 of 08/01/2015 Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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