Vandals in Hamburg have decided that graffiti doesn't quite cut it any more. A group of them apparently broke into the train depot in Barmbeck in the north-east of the city and bricked up the door of an S-Bahn train.
Once they were finished, an accomplished looking wall of breeze blocks, eight rows high and glued to the door frame with expanding foam had completely blocked an entrance.
A spokesperson for the Bundespolizei (federal police) told The Local that, having studied CCTV evidence, they believe the door was already bricked up when the train left the depot at 3.10 pm on Tuesday. The depot was not guarded and its fences could easily be traversed, he said.
The overground train seems to have been in operation for quite some time before anyone noticed the unusual irregularity. When the driver was finally alerted the train had reached Sternschanze in the west of the city.
The train was then evacuated and driven to Ohlsdorf where the police arrived to carry out their investigation.
The police spokesperson said that there was no clue as to why the perpetrators had carried out the act.
“There was no message left behind,” said he confirmed.
Investigators will continue to study the CCTV footage to gather evidence.