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Essex man sentenced after costing railway network £230,000

David Grant has been sentenced for his obstructive behaviour. Credit: British Transport Police

A man from Essex has been sentenced after his obstructive behaviour cost the railway network £230,000 in passenger compensation.

David Grant of Derby Avenue in Romford climbed a gantry at Romford station in July 2017 during the evening rush hour, forcing all trains in the area to be stopped while police removed the 36-year old.

Grant was given a 15 months prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a five year Criminal Behaviour Order which prohibits him from entering any railway Station or alighting any train whilst under the influence of alcohol.

"Grant’s obstructive and infuriating behaviour that night meant thousands of commuters had a miserable journey. I completely welcome the sentence handed to him, I hope he sticks to the conditions in his CBO, if he doesn’t then my officers will be quick to arrest him again.

"Railway disruption is not a victimless crime, not only does it create havoc for commuters, it costs the rail industry millions each year. This sentence should act as a strong deterrent to anyone thinking of trespassing onto the railway."

– Inspector Steve Webste, British Transport Police