British Transport Police (BTP) has condemned the “reprehensible” actions of two people who carried a baby across a Cardiff railway.
Officers have today released CCTV footage of the incident in a bid to identify the trespassers.
It is also hoped the footage will serve as a stark warning to others who trespass by taking shortcuts across the tracks.
Inspector Mike Jones, officer in charge at BTP Cardiff, said: "I am genuinely shocked to see that, despite our constant warnings, some people are still willing to risk their lives by trespassing on the tracks.
“Not only that, this footage clearly shows the man and woman pictured had complete disregard for the safety of others as they carried across an infant in a buggy."
The incident took place at 4.17pm on Tuesday, October 9, when the pair were caught on camera crossing the tracks at Eastbrook railway station, Dinas Powys, after getting off a train on platform 1. The man is seen to carry a baby in a pushchair from one side to the other.
Insp Jones added: "I cannot emphasise enough the dangers associated with this type of mindless behaviour. These two people were extremely lucky that a train was not passing through the area at the time, otherwise the consequences could have been unthinkable.
“It is staggering that people are still willing to risk everything by entering the railway – doing so with a baby in tow simply defies belief.
“Their behaviour is utterly reprehensible. Parents and adults should be leading by example, taking responsibility and emphasising the dangers to children.
“The few seconds saved by crossing the tracks could end up costing your life. Is it worth it?
“I am now asking for the public’s help to identify these people and would urge anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to come forward.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B3/WCA of 09/11/2012. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.