THIS man jumped on to the tracks at a city Metro station – to get his football back.
British Transport Police today released CCTV images of the “crazy” commuter, who got on to the tracks at Pallion station, in a bid to identify him.
Officers have slammed his actions and warned that he not only put himself but others at risk.
He was caught on CCTV cameras playing with the football before it rolled onto the tracks. He then jumped down from the platform to retrieve it at about 5pm, on Sunday, November 11.
It is the latest case in a worrying trend of members of the public dicing with death going onto Metro lines.
It comes after the Echo recently revealed that two men leapt on to the lines at Millfield Metro station and walked through Pallion before climbing back to safety at South Hylton, on Wednesday, December 12.
After that, police told how they are trying to trace a man who walked through a Metro tunnel from Sunderland Station, heading towards St Peter’s Metro Station on Sunday, December 23.
Pc Graham Marshall, of British Transport Police, said: “This is the third incident in the Sunderland area we have publicised recently involving people risking their lives on the tracks.
“Despite ongoing warnings and attempts to highlight the dangers through issuing footage and images such as this, we are still continually seeing people who are still putting themselves at risk.
“In this case the man risks his life to retrieve a football. It’s crazy.
“We have undertaken extensive enquiries to trace this man to speak to him about this dangerous behaviour.
“The railway is an inherently dangerous environment, with regular trains running on the tracks and electric currents.
“This man was extremely lucky that a train was not passing through Pallion station at the time of the incident or the consequences could have been unthinkable.
Pc Marshall urged Metro passengers should they drop items on to the tracks not to try and get them back themselves and risk being electrified.
He added: “We regularly see people dropping things on to the tracks at stations and climbing down to retrieve them.
“I hope this warning makes people think twice about risking your life in this way for the sake of replaceable belongings?”
A spokesman for Metro operator Nexus today added: “We urge the public not to trespass on railway lines.
“It is an incredibly stupid and dangerous thing to do.
“This latest incident, which was captured on CCTV, must serve as a warning that straying on to the tracks will not be tolerated and the police will take action against trespassers.
“There are many hidden dangers on railway lines.
“Offenders risk being hit by a train or being electrocuted as the equipment is run using high voltage power.
“It’s not worth the risk. Our message is clear, stay safe, stay off the tracks.”
Police are now calling on anyone with information relating to this, or any case of trespassing on the railway network, to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting B8/NEA of 12/12/2012, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.