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A MAN perched on top of a railway arch poses for a pho­to­graph just sec­onds be­fore a tram hur­tles past be­neath him.

Metrolink chiefs have said the stunt was ‘reck­less be­hav­iour’ and risked the safety of pas­sen­gers.

These shock­ing images appear to show two peo­ple sat atop the huge metal struc­ture di­rectly be­neath live wires. A shirt­less fig­ure can be seen push­ing them­selves up with their arms onto the metal struc­ture as an­other per­son stands on the edge of the bridge, fac­ing di­rectly op­po­site and point­ing what ap­pears to be a cam­era.

The sec­ond of the two images, which were sent to the M.E.N. by a Twit­ter user, then shows the first fig­ure stand­ing with their arms out­stretched di­rectly above a mov­ing tram.

Although they were not on the Metrolink in­fra­struc­ture the tram driver made an ex­ter­nal an­nounce­ment to them that they were on CCTV and that po­lice had been called, which prompted them to leave the area.

It is not clear how the two tres­passers gained ac­cess to the tracks and man­aged to climb into the bridge struc­ture.

TfGM’s head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, said: “While not di­rectly on Metrolink, as clearly ev­i­dent from the pictures there are pass­ing trams and live elec­tri­cal over­head lines nearby, so I can’t fathom how any­body can think this is an ac­cept­able thing to do.

“Such reck­less be­hav­iour is not only dan­ger­ous for tres­passers but risks the safety of pas­sen­gers and staff too.

“It’s worth stress­ing that this is a crim­i­nal of­fence and all such in­ci­dents are re­ported to po­lice, as was the case on this oc­ca­sion.”

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