Police searching for man after graffiti and damage at Sunderland Metro station

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BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after graffiti was etched into panelling at a Metro station and, a short while later, a Metro train was damaged.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they would like to like to speak to in connection with both incidents which took place at 8.20pm and 10.55pm on Saturday, 4. May 2013.

At 8.20pm, a man was seen etching graffiti into panelling at Pallion Metro station. He then boarded a train towards Sunderland.

At 10.55pm, the same man pushed the emergency button on a Metro service as it approached Millfield station, resulting in the train stopping short of the platform.

The man then began to kick the doors on the train a number of times before the train eventually moved on into the station, where he was asked to leave.

On leaving the train he then banged on the train windows as it continued its journey and pulled out of the station.

Investigating officer Pc Mick Proudfoot, of British Transport Police’s dedicated Metro unit, said: “The man seemed to be travelling on the Metro intent on causing trouble and committing crime throughout the evening which is totally unacceptable.

“Criminal damage and anti-social behaviour such as this will not be tolerated on the rail network and we will do all we can to catch the man responsible and bring him to justice.

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

Anyone with any information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting background referenceB6/NEA of 20/05/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.