The Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Police are investigating after a photo of a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train carriage covered in colorful graffiti surfaced on social media on Monday.

At 7:15am, a member of staff at the Lo Wu Station found graffiti painted on the left side of one car of the MTR train heading to Hung Hom, the Apple Daily reported.

An MTR spokesperson said the graffiti did not affect the safety of passengers, so they decided to let the train continue. Staff later arranged for all the passengers to change to another train at Sha Tin Station and sent the graffiti-covered train to a deport to have the paint removed.

It was thought that someone snuck into the depot in Sheung Shui in the New Territories late on Sunday night and painted the graffiti on the carriage, the Oriental Daily reported. Officers from the Sha Tin Police Station are on track and following up the case.

An MTR spokesman warned that defacing trains and other property belonging to the train operator is a criminal offense. He added that the company had stepped up security and patrols to guard against vandals.

This was not the first time someone had snuck into a train depot and painted graffiti on a carriage. In 2016, a video uploaded online showed a couple from the United States painting graffiti on the body of a train parked at the MTR Kowloon Bay depot, news website HK01.com reported.

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