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Couple posed on rail line for wedding shoot

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image captionThe couple were seen posing on tracks in Whitby in July, accompanied by wedding guests

A couple who posed for wedding photographs on railway tracks in North Yorkshire have been condemned by Network Rail.

They were caught on CCTV standing on a line near Whitby in July.

More than 5,000 trespassing incidents were recorded between June and September, with many involving people using the railways as a backdrop for photos.

Network Rail said taking selfies and photo shoots was "plain stupidity".

In September alone some 1,239 incidents were recorded - a 17% rise.

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image captionNetwork Rail shared an image of a photo shoot on a train line in Cilfrew, Neath Port Talbot

Supt Alison Evans, of British Transport Police, said: "The railway is not an appropriate or safe setting for a photographic backdrop, no matter how scenic the setting.

"Every time someone strays on to the rail network they are not only putting themselves at risk of serious, life-threatening injury, but also delaying essential journeys."

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Hollyoaks actor Ellis Hollins was forced to apologise in July after posting images on social media from a photoshoot on the railway.

He admitted it was "irresponsible" and he was "careless to take part in such a dangerous situation".

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image captionAnother image showed people walking down a railway track in Harlech in Gwynedd

Network Rail has launched a "You vs Train" campaign in partnership with British Transport Police to highlight the issue of young people trespassing.

The number of incidents involving children at 51 targeted locations has fallen in each of the past two years.

Allan Spence, of Network Rail, said: "Wedding photos or selfies on the track are just plain stupidity.

"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."

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