Metro madness: Police hunt vandal risking life on rail tracks

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A TRESPASSER risked his life by walking across a railway bridge and through a tunnel in a death-defying act of stupidity.

CCTV caught the man getting off a Metro at St Peter’s Station before climbing on to the lines, walking across the railway bridge and disappearing into a tunnel, later emerging at Sunderland Station.

CCTV image of a man BTP are trying to trace

CCTV image of a man BTP are trying to trace

The man then climbed on to the platform and left the station. The foolish act was caught on cameras belonging to British Transport Police (BTP) who are now appealing for information about the incident.

Pc Graham Marshall, of BTP, said: “This line is a busy one and the man was lucky he wasn’t struck by a train and injured or killed due to his irresponsible behaviour.”

When first spotted getting off the Metro at St Peter’s, the man was also seen etching graffiti into pillars at the station before jumping onto the lines and walking off.

He was caught on CCTV disappearing into the tunnel and was next seen emerging from the darkness at Sunderland Station.

Officers have now released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to who they believe may be able to help them with their inquiries.

Pc Marshall added: “The etching and graffiti on the station pillars was also a deliberate act of vandalism, which will cost the operator money to repair.

“Criminal damage such as this will not be tolerated on the rail network and we will do all we can to catch those responsible and bring them to justice.

“I’d urge anyone who may recognise the man pictured to come forward and help this investigation.”

The incident took place on Friday, June 22, between 12.45am and 1.30am. Police have only just released details of the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 405040 quoting background reference NEA9 of 11 July 2012.

Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111.

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