Minor delays were caused to Metro services this morning when two horses roamed on the tracks.
Teams from Network Rail and the British Transport Police were in attendance to ensure the horses were removed safely after they went onto the lines neat Brockley Whins station.
The sight of the horses on the tracks both amused and bemused some onlookers as trains were forced to go more slowly through the station.
Andrew Davies, who was on the platform at Brockley Whins at the time, said: “There was a big horse and a baby horse.
“They managed to get them onto the northern line so the trains could get past.
“It was quite funny to see, and certainly not something that you see every day.”
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We were called to a report of two horses on the line near Brockley Whins station at 9.42am.
“Teams from Network Rail and the British Transport Police attended and the horses were safely removed from the area at 10.15am.
“During the incident trains ran at slower speeds and although services are now running at normal speed again, there may be some minor delays as a result.”
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Police were informed of loose horses at Brockley Whins Metro station, in Brisbane Avenue, South Shields, at 9.51am this morning.
“Officers attended and led the horses to safety, and have reunited them with their owners.”