A MAN who drunkenly stood on the tracks at a Yorkshire railway station, forcing an oncoming train driver to slam on the emergency brakes, has been condemned as “senseless” by police.
Nathan Barker, 21, has been jailed for 16 weeks after admitting obstructing the railway at the station near his home in Bentley, South Yorkshire.
CCTV footage shows Barker, who was under the influence of drink and drugs at the time of the incident in March, getting down onto the tracks and waiting there for several minutes.
The driver of a train on the Doncaster to Leeds service arriving at the station had to apply the emergency brakes when he spotted Barker stood on the train tracks with his arms in the air.
Sergeant Steve Down, of British Transport Police, said: “The driver managed to stop the train in time and asked him to get back onto the platform but he refused and stayed there until police arrived and arrested him for obstructing the railway.
“Baker’s behaviour can only be described as senseless. Not only were his actions extremely dangerous but they also caused 12 trains to be delayed for over 90 minutes, costing the rail industry hundreds of pounds and inconveniencing the travelling public.
“I welcome the custodial sentence and hope it sends a clear message to others that this sort of behaviour is not acceptable.”
After being arrested Barker, of Broughton Avenue, Bentley, was released on police bail before later being interviewed under caution by BTP officers at Doncaster Police Station. He was sentenced at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on May 15.
Anyone who witnesses trespassing on the railway should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or in an emergency dial 999.