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Police have appealed for public assistance in their continued search for two men who brazenly graffitied a Melbourne train.
The train was temporarily stopped between Mordialloc and Aspendale railway stations between 4pm and 5pm on September 11, 2018 when two men, one wearing a beret and painters smock, climbed a fence adjacent to the railway line.
A spokesman for Metro told 9News.com.au that vandals had interfered with train signals and forced the driver to stop the train.
A passenger on the train captured footage of the man vandalising the train. (9News)
The man can be seen wearing a blue beret and a white painters coat. (9News)
The pair then vandalised the train with spray paint before climbing back over the fence and fleeing on foot.
It caused damage estimated at $7500.
Due to safety regulations, the train must remain stationary if people are in the vicinity of the tracks or interfering with the train.
Police described one of the men as Caucasian in appearance, aged 25-30 with a medium-build, short wavy black hair, a moustache and a pale complexion.
He was wearing a blue beret, a white overcoat, a blue and white striped shirt and light blue tracksuit pants with white stripes at the time of the incident.
The second offender is described by police as Caucasian in appearance, aged 25-30, with a medium build and shoulder length dark curly hair.
He was wearing a light-coloured wide-brim hat with orange band, a high-vis orange and blue shirt and light blue jeans.
The pair stopped the train by interfering with signal equipment, according to Metro. (9News)“If you want to be an artist, paint on a canvas,” Detective Inspector Andrew Gutske, from the Transit Safety Division, said.
“To paint on someone else's property is straight out criminal damage.”
The train had to be taken out of service for repairs and it costs $10 million a year to fix up the mess on the state’s public transport network.
“It costs millions of dollars that could be spent otherwise putting on services and making sure out public transport system is running much better than it can be,” Minister for Public transport Melissa Horne told 9News.
Each year there are about 2000 glass clean ups at bus shelters, increasing by about 10 per cent each year.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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