This horrifying footage shows groups of people risking their and other people's lives by attempting to jump closed level crossing barriers.
The heart-stopping CCTV showing a crossing in Feltham has been released by British Transport Police which is urging people not to risk their lives.
British Transport Police (BTP) and Network Rail are issuing a plea to the public to keep safe when using level crossings the video emerged from the west London crossing.
The clip first shows two men running across the tracks, one leaping over the barrier as they come down.
But in an alarming escalation, the following clip shows two women walking their children alongside the track before pulling them over the barriers.
In a life-risking move, they can be seen trying to haul over a pushchair before jumping over.
Police have since been unable to trace the people in the footage, but urge people not to carry out similarly dangerous acts.
Inspector Becky Warren from British Transport Police, said: "The footage from this level crossing in West London is truly frightening.
"There simply is no excuse to be walking on the tracks and jumping over the barriers.
"Thankfully neither the man, the women nor their children were injured.
"But this could have had fatal consequences.
"I’ve seen first-hand the consequences of taking a shortcut over a level crossing and the heartbreak and suffering that families and loved ones are left with."
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This week, British Transport Police and Network Rail launched a new campaign which revealed a sharp rise in alcohol related incidents across the rail network in December.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "If any of these people had come into contact with the live rails, they could easily have been killed, not to mention the risk of being hit by a train when level crossing barriers are down.
"The safety of passengers is my number one priority, so I’d like to urge everyone to stay safe around the railway, and if you see anyone behaving dangerously, please report it to the police immediately."
Inspector Warren added: "Although we are not certain alcohol played a part in these particular incidents, it stills highlights the extraordinary risks people are willing to take to save a bit of time.
"As the festive season fast approaches, I would urge pedestrians and motorists to pay extra attention at level crossings."
BTP is responsible for policing more than 6000 level crossings throughout Britain.
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