Man who delayed Leeds train jailed for 16 weeks

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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 at Doncaster Magistrates Court after admitting obstructing the railway at the station near his home in 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 the Doncaster-Leeds service arriving at the station had to apply the emergency brakes. Sergeant Steve Down, of British Transport Police, said: “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 industry hundreds of pounds and inconveniencing the travelling public.”

Regional Director of Northern Rail Sharon Keith, pictured at Leeds Railway Station..23rd March 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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