MYSTERY surrounds the apparent sudden appearance, and disappearance, of a beautiful mosaic wall with arches at Worcester's Shrub Hill Station.

London Midland says the baffling account, from a regular train passenger at the station, has left them scratching their heads.

Short of mentioning ghosts or a time slip to puzzle Dr Who, the station operators can only suggest that the witness saw the recently restored waiting room and was mistaken.

But the witness is quite clear on what she saw, and said that other passengers both saw and remarked on the stunning tiled wall, which no one, apparently, had seen before.

The sighting took place on the evening of Thursday, July 31.

Worcester passenger, Rosalyn Golds said: "I spotted something from the train window in Shrub Hill station, at the far end of the station, - the platform opposite the main exit side. It was an absolutely beautiful wall - sizable - of brightly coloured mosaic tiles in red and blue with arches built into it.

" It was highly unusual - I've never seen anything like it in a UK station - it was almost Mediterranean. It looked to have been recently uncovered firstly as it hadn't been there previously; but also due to the strength of its colour. I'm not sure what it was - an old ticket office maybe? The passengers were commenting on how pretty it was and everyone assumed it was being restored."

But she added: "The next day, however, it had been taken down! There is a gap in the wall where it was and some fencing left round it. I'd be surprised if it had been demolished simply as it really did look lovely."

London Midland say that nothing can be removed from the Grade 2 listed station, and so the mystery deepens.

A London Midland spokesman, Gerard Burgess said: "We are scratching our heads here; we’ve no idea.

"The station is grade 2 listed so nothing can be put in or taken away. The only thing we can think of is that they spotted the restored waiting room but perhaps arrived back on a different platform maybe ?"