Hunt on for Metro track runners

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SECONDS after this picture was taken these two men jumped on to Metro tracks and risked their lives on a two-mile jaunt.

Police are now trying to trace the trespassers who sauntered along rail lines.

The hunt comes after the Echo revealed how police were hunting a man who walked through a Metro tunnel from Sunderland Station, heading towards St Peter’s Metro Station on Sunday, December 23.

Concerns are now growing about the number of trespassers on rail lines across Wearside.

In the latest stunt, the pair leapt on to the lines at Millfield Metro station, walking through Pallion before climbing back to safety at South Hylton.

Officers say the consequences of their actions could have been “unthinkable”, and Metro operator Nexus has also called for information.

CCTV shows how, in the early hours of Wednesday, December 12, the men walked into Millfield Metro Station at around 3.50am, before jumping down off the platform and onto tracks.

Pc Graham Marshall, the investigation officer from BTP’s dedicated Metro Unit, said: “They then continued a journey of over two miles across the lines, passing Pallion station before eventually arriving at South Hylton station around 4.30am where they left the tracks.”

After viewing hours of CCTV, officers eventually identified two men they would like to speak to.

Pc Marshall added: “The railway is an inherently dangerous environment whatever time of day. These men who walked two miles along the tracks were extremely lucky as trains often still run through the night. The consequences could have been unthinkable.

“If you know the two men pictured, or indeed are the pair, please contact officers and help them with the investigation.”

A spokesman for Nexus added: “Trespassing on railway lines is a criminal offence and it’s an extremely dangerous thing to do.

“We urge the public not to do this. Anyone with information about the individuals involved must contact the police.”

Anyone with any information is asked to please contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting B10/NEA of 07/01/2013, or the Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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