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Police investigate Bird Box challenge video of blindfolded man on train tracks

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A British Transport Police spokesman said it is ‘shocking to see that someone is willing to put their life in danger’.

A police investigation has been launched after a blindfolded man walked on train tracks in an online challenge inspired by Netflix horror film Bird Box.

Footage of the stunt has been viewed nearly 200,000 times since it was uploaded to prankster Ben Phillips’ YouTube channel on Sunday.

In the video, Phillips’ partner, Elliot Giles, is filmed putting on a blindfold and walking along a railway line near Bridgend, South Wales.

Phillips shouts “where are you going, there’s a train coming”, but Giles remains on the tracks while the sound of an oncoming train and a warning bell can be heard.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Not only is it shocking to see that someone is willing to put their life in danger by blindfolding themselves and walking onto a live railway, it’s illegal and a criminal act. They are quite literally playing a game of life and death.

“The railway is full of hidden dangers and we cannot overstate how dangerous it is to trespass. Trains travel at incredibly high speed and can often approach silently.

“This footage is being investigated.”

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There were 9,855 trespass incidents on Britain’s railways in 2017/18, police figures show.

Phillips’ video also shows Giles walking on stepping stones across a river and along the top of a wall.

Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock as a mother who wears a blindfold while trying to avoid seeing mysterious forces that cause people to commit suicide.

Netflix has urged fans not to take part in an online challenge which involves attempting everyday tasks while blindfolded. It has resulted in injury, with some people crashing cars and running into walls.

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