TWO Sunderland Metro stations were vandalised within the space of an hour.
Officers are appealing for information after Millfield and University stations were targeted by two men who also risked their lives trespassing on tracks.
Police have released images of two men they want to speak with in connection with the incidents in the early hours of Saturday, November 2.
Pc Nick Cannon, who is heading the investigation, said: “At around 12.30am, two men entered Millfield Metro station where one of the pair spray-painted a wall.
“The two then walked along the rail lines to University station, where the wall was spray-painted and the pair left the station and walked towards Durham Road.”
Police have reviewed CCTV from the stations and obtained images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incidents.
PC Cannon added: “The costs associated with cleaning trains means it is ultimately the fare-paying passenger who pays for this damage.
“BTP takes criminal damage in the form of graffiti on the rail network extremely seriously and we will seek to catch and prosecute those responsible.
“Some people consider graffiti to be art.
“In reality, it is nothing more than selfish vandalism that makes people fearful of their surroundings and costs the railway industry thousands of pounds to clean up.
“I would urge anyone who recognises the men pictured, or knows their whereabouts, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B9/NEA of 14/11/2013.