POLICE are hoping to identify these three men after a Metro train was sprayed with graffiti.
CCTV images from South Hylton Metro Station show three people appearing from bushes close to the track before spending 10 minutes vandalising a carriage.
The vandal attack happened on Monday, June 17, but the pictures have only just been released by British Transport Police (BTP).
Pc Nick Cannon, investigating officer, said: “At around 11pm, a train arrived at the station and was stationary for a short period.
“During this time, three men emerged from shrubbery next to the line and sprayed graffiti on the train for around 10 minutes before leaving the scene.”
The train then left the station and made its return journey back towards Newcastle.
Police say they are following several lines of inquiry and have released images of three men they believe can assist the investigation.
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, but in reality it is nothing more than selfish vandalism that makes people fearful of their surroundings.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 0800 40 50 40.