FOOTAGE of children taking selfies on a railway track in South Gloucestershire has sparked a warning from a leading rail operator. 

Children were seen loitering and taking pictures on a railway line near Charfield. 

Network Rail say groups were also spotted on CCTV on crossings at Wantage in Oxfordshire and Toffles in Devon.

The rail operator say that the children seen in the footage could have been struck by a train or even electrified - leaving them with potentially life-changing injuries.

Gazette Series: Children have been spotted taking selfies on a rail crossing near Charfield Children have been spotted taking selfies on a rail crossing near Charfield (Image: Network Rail / SWNS)

Footage has been published as part of a campaign to warn the public about the dangers of rail tracks. 

Andrew Morgan, British Transport Police Superintendent, said: “Trespassing on the rail network is extremely dangerous and can result in life-changing injuries or, in some cases, loss of life.

"It’s important children and young people understand the railway is not a playground - it is full of hidden dangers and also a criminal offence to trespass”

Gazette Series: Network Rail has warned members of the public not to partake in such behaviour.

“As with all school holidays, we always increase our patrols, looking proactively for those breaking the law.

"I would urge parents and guardians to have conversations with their loved ones about the dangers of trespassing on the rail network.

"I would also urge members of the public who witness anyone trespassing to let us know by texting us on 61016 or calling 0800 405040. In an emergency you should always call 999.”