The British Transport Police are warning people of the danger of crossing Metro tracks after a man was caught on CCTV in Sunderland.
BTP officers are appealing for information and issuing a warning about the dangers of trespassing on the railway, after a man was caught on CCTV crossing the tracks at Millfield and Stadium of Light Metro stations.
The incidents were caught on camera on Monday, June 8. The first at Millfield Metro Station at 8.50pm, the second at the Stadium of Light station just before 9.10pm.
Officers have now released the footage and images of the man involved in a bid to trace him.
Investigating officer, Pc Michelle Clark of British Transport Police, said: “The man can be seen jumping down and crossing the tracks at Millfield station just before a train arrives into the station. He then crosses back across the track, and walks between two carriages on the service then climbs back on the platform.
“The driver of the train saw the man, and believing he may be still between carriages or under the train, climbed out and checked. A short while later he saw the man in question leaving the station so climbed back in the cab and took the train forward.
The railway is an inherently dangerous environment, with high speed trains and electric currents.Pc Michelle Clark, British Transport Police
“This service and the following service were delayed for a number of minutes as a result of the incident.
“The man returned to the station a short while later, and boarded a train to the Stadium of Light station where he hung around before jumping down and crossing the tracks to the opposite platform, where he then climbed over security railings and left the station heading towards Tesco.
“Anyone who trespasses onto the railway is taking a gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of all the staff and passengers travelling on the trains. The railway is an inherently dangerous environment, with high speed trains and electric currents.
“When the railway hears reports of trespassers, all services in that area are forced to slow down which has the knock-on effect of delaying subsequent trains – often right across the network.
“It is vital that we trace the man responsible to reinforce the safety message to him, and explain the potential consequences of his reckless behaviour, and I would urge anyone who may recognise him to contact us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting background reference PSUB/ B2 of 9/7/2015. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.