Police release 'unbelievable' child road play photos
Police have released "shocking and unbelievable" images of youngsters playing on a busy road as part of a safety warning.
The photos, taken in Oxclose Road, Washington, were sent to Northumbria Police by a local councillor after residents raised concerns.
Officers are working to identify the children so their parents can be spoken to about the behaviour.
They also want to remind people of the dangers of playing near busy roads.
Neighbourhood Inspector Vicky Quinn said: "These images are shocking and truly unbelievable.
"The children, who appear to be very young, are risking their own safety and the safety of motorists and other road users by this reckless behaviour. Playing on or near busy roads is not safe.
"Parents should know where their children are playing and what they are doing when they go out and make sure they are safe, and we would urge all parents to speak to their children about the importance of road safety and being safe."