NATIONAL NEWS: WATCH - British Transport Police release video of terrifying near misses at level crossings

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are urging the public to do their level best to stay safe when using crossings.

The call comes ahead of the latest phase of Operation Look, a week of action beginning on Monday, 5 October, which will see extra patrols at a number of crossings.

A car stuck on a level crossing in Leicestershire

A car stuck on a level crossing in Leicestershire

BTP recorded more than 3,500 offences at crossings during 2014/15, with more than 2,500 offenders identified and dealt with.

While the majority of those offences are committed by motorists, BTP officers also want to make sure pedestrians and cyclists are aware of the dangers too.