Three men put their lives on the line when they walked on railway tracks just moments before a train arrived.

The three reckless train passengers crossed the tracks at a station and stood just inches away from the live rail and hundreds of potentially life-taking voltage.

Police have called the dangerous actions at Worthing Railway Station inexcusable because the station has a working subway the men could have easily have used.

British Transport Police have now released images of three men they want to speak to today as part of an appeal for help from the public to track down the three trespassers who put their lives at risk on Sunday May 18 at just after 11pm.

PC Peter Cooke, of British Transport Police 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.”

Officers at Brighton station on the night searched trains arriving from Worthing but were unable to find any trace of the men.

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.”

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.


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