BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses after CCTV footage showed three men climbing onto the tracks at Worthing railway station minutes before a train arrived.
The incident happened at Worthing station on Sunday, May 18, and officers have now released CCTV images of the incident, alongside still images of three men they would like to speak to.
PC Peter Cooke, of BTP Brighton, said: “Just after 11pm three men arrived at the main entrance to the station. They loitered outside for several minutes, drinking and smoking, before heading onto the platform via the side gate.
“At 11.22pm one of the men climbed down from the platform onto the train tracks, and walked up and down the tracks for several minutes, standing inches from the live rail.
“He was joined by the other two men, who then walked across the tracks, and climbed up onto the opposite platform two just minutes before a Brighton-bound train arrived.”
BTP officers attended Brighton station and searched trains arriving from Worthing but no-one was found. Now officers want to speak to the three men pictured, who they believe will have key information.
PC Cooke added: “These men put themselves in incredible danger by walking on the tracks.
“Passing trains are not the only hazard they faced, as this route uses electrified rails to power trains, which can kill instantly. At Worthing station there is a perfectly usable passenger subway that serves all platforms, so there really is no excuse for this type of behaviour.
“It was late at night and the station would have been fairly quiet, but I believe there may be witnesses who have not yet come forward to police. If you saw anything, or think you recognise the men pictured, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B2 of 12/06/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.