A GOLFER risked lives when he used a Metro station platform as a driving range and started hitting balls up the track.
Police today condemned the act as “dangerous” and “unacceptable” as CCTV images were released of a man police are hoping to trace.
He was spotted walking into South Hylton Metro Station carrying a golf bag and clubs. He then lined up balls along the station platform, pulled out a driver and began taking shots up the track.
Finishing his practice, the man, along with two other people, boarded a Metro to Pallion Station where he got off, continued his golf practice and urinated on a cycle rack.
Pc Mark Bradwell, from British Transport Police (BTP), is investigating the offence.
He said: “Fortunately, none of the golf balls hit any trains or passengers on this occasion, but the consequences could have been far worse had that been the case.
“The railway is a dangerous environment with moving trains and electric currents. It is certainly not a playground.”
Officers are now calling on the public’s help to identify a man they believe can help with their inquiries.
Pc Bradwell added: “While it may seem the man was simply having a bit of fun, in reality this kind of behaviour is very dangerous.”
The CCTV images were caught at about 11.20pm on Saturday, May 24, but have only just been released.
In the past, Metro users have been caught trespassing on tracks, jumping off platforms and even walking over rail bridges, but this is the first time someone has been caught playing golf.
A Metro spokesman said: “Behaviour of this nature the on Metro system is totally unacceptable and extremely rare.”
Anyone who recognises the man, or knows his whereabouts is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.