YOUTHS who shone a laser pen at a Metro train have been warned that they could have caused a tragedy.
British Transport Police (BTP) have revealed that a laser pen was deliberately shone at a Metro travelling between Brockley Whins station in South Shields and Fellgate at Jarrow.
A group of youths were seen close to the A19 rail-over-road bridge, shining a laser pen towards a passing Metro, at about 7.50pm on Wednesday, November 27.
BTP is calling on local people to help officers find the culprits, and on parents to ask themselves if they know where their children are playing.
Pc Mick Proudfoot, officer in charge of the case, said: “I cannot over-emphasise the danger of such actions.
“Not only were the youths dangerously close to the tracks, their actions could have distracted the driver from the job of safely driving the train, potentially placing themselves and others in real danger.
“I’m asking anyone who may know who is responsible for this incident to come forward and help officers in this investigation.”
If you have any information please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number 200 of 29/11/2013 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.