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21 March 2014, 08:23
British Transport Police have released CCTV footage of a man seen walking along the train tracks between Metro stations on the Sunderland line.
It happened in the early hours of Saturday, 1st March 2014.
The man was seen walking on the tracks by station staff at Sunderland station at 5.40am.
He was told to get off and climbed back up onto the platform then walked along the platform and went back on to the tracks towards Park Lane Metro Station.
After officers checked CCTV the same man was seen climbing onto the tracks at the Stadium of Light station at 5.19am before walking to St Peters Station, then through the railway tunnel to Sunderland.
He then walked along the lines to Park Lane station where he eventually left the tracks.
PC Mark Bradwell, the investigating officer, said:
"This was absolutely senseless behaviour and I cannot overstate just how dangerous trespassing on the railway is.
Maintenance and freight trains often travel on the Metro and rail network overnight and then services start in the early hours of the morning, this man was extremely lucky he wasn?t injured or killed.
If you recognise him, or know his whereabouts, then please get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B3/NEA of 10/06/2013 or call the independent charity,Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.