Drunk man jailed for stopping train on tracks

A drunken man who stood on rail tracks, causing a train to slam on its emergency brakes, has been jailed for 16 weeks.

CCTV: Drunken man on tracks stops oncoming train

A man who stood in front of an oncoming train on railway tracks in South Yorkshire has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Nathan Barker, 21 admitted obstructing the railway at the station near his home in Bentley on Tuesday 18th March.

CCTV footage shows Barker, who was under the influence of drink and drugs, getting down onto the tracks and waiting there for several minutes.

The driver of the Doncaster to Leeds service had to slam on his brakes after he spotted Barker on the tracks, stopping just feet in front of him.

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 rail industry hundreds of pounds and inconveniencing the travelling public."

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