Hunt for Sunderland railway walker who risked lives

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A TRESPASSER risked his life by walking along railway lines in Sunderland.

Police are hoping to identify this man after a rail-walker was spotted on lines in the city centre.

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At about 12.40am on Tuesday, January 29, a man walked into Park Lane Metro station.

He then walked down the stairs on to the platform and through a staff-only access gate.

Pc Michael Proudfoot, from British Transport Police (BTP) said: “He then walked along the track towards University station.”

After following up several lines of inquiry, officers have reviewed CCTV footage from the station and have identified a man they would like to speak to in connection with the trespass.

Pc Proudfoot added: “Anyone who trespasses on to the railway is taking a gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of all the staff and passengers travelling on the trains.

“The railway is an inherently dangerous environment and the tracks should never be used as a short cut.

“If you recognise the man pictured, or know his whereabouts, then we would like to hear from you.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B2/NEA of 21/02/2013. Information can be passed to Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.Hun