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Woman hit by train in Kent at start of 'long recovery'

The brother of a woman who was hit by a train at Chartham station in Kent, says she is at the start of a long recovery from the injuries she suffered.

Ella Akehurst suffered serious injuries in the collision Credit: ITV Meridian

Retired academic David Ashworth, 74, was killed instantly when he was hit by a train while trying to rescue 38-year-old Ella Akehurst.

Mr Ashworth was well-known to the Akehurst family, who have praised his selflessness.

We would ask for privacy for (Ella) so she can focus on getting well.

I would like to thank the hospital staff and emergency services for the care and support she has received.

I want to repeat our tribute to the heroism and selflessness of our family friend David Ashworth who tragically lost his life. Our thoughts continue to be with his family.

– Luke Akehurst

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Family tribute to 'proud father' who died in Chartham

British Transport Police have named a man who died whilst trying to save a woman in an incident near Chartham rail station on Tuesday (June 16). David Ashworth, 74, from Canterbury, was a retired academic. He died whilst trying to save a woman.

"We are very proud of our father’s actions in saving the life of a young lady and clearly devastated at the loss of his life in doing so.

“Our thoughts are with the young lady, her family, and the train driver and we would like to add that we request privacy at this difficult time.”

– Family Statement

Man killed by train trying to save woman was from Canterbury

Police have confirmed a man killed by a train in Kent was a 74-year-old from Canterbury.

It's believed he died trying to save a woman who fell from a bridge onto the tracks at Chartham station yesterday. The 38-year-old woman, also from Canterbury, is in a stable condition in hospital.

The incident happened at Chartham station in Kent

Man dies trying to save woman who fell from a railway bridge

A man has been killed after reportedly trying to rescue a woman who fell from a railway bridge.

Both the man and woman were hit by a train after the woman fell from the bridge and onto the tracks. The woman is alive and receiving treatment in hospital.

The incident happened just before 11am this morning at Chartham railway station, where the tracks were closed until 2.30pm as emergency services attended the scene.

The train involved was the 10:22 service from Ramsgate to Charing Cross, which travels through Chartham station without stopping.

The woman was airlifted to Kings College Hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.

Trains from Ramsgate to London have been rerouted, with replacement bus services in some places.

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People urged to report unwanted sexual behaviour

Officers from British Transport Police are encouraging passengers to report any unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network.

A short film called Report it to stop it, promoted through Video on Demand channels such as All4, Now TV and YouTube, follows a woman’s journey in which she experiences escalating incidents of unwanted sexual behaviour on board a train.

Viewers are encouraged to interact with the film by deciding at which point they would report the incident by texting 61016.

The purpose of the video, which is aimed at women aged between 16 and 35, is to tackle under-reporting by raising awareness that people can, and should, report all behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable and that the police will seek to take action as a result.

All front line staff working for BTP have undertaken additional training to raise awareness of what constitutes unwanted sexual behaviour. In tandemn, we have strengthened investigations of sexual offences and detection rates are on the rise.

“Everyone has the right to travel on the transport network safely and we will not tolerate any unwanted sexual behaviour. We want the travelling public to feel confident that we take every sexual incident seriously, no matter what has happened, and we believe what is reported to us. By working with our partners we want people to feel encouraged to report unwanted sexual behaviour, and to know we will do everything we can to find those responsible.”

– Richard Mann, Detective Superintendent of British Transport Police

Unwanted sexual behaviour is anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You can report anything of a sexual nature, including rubbing, groping, masturbation, leering, sexual comments and indecent acts. You don’t have to prove that it was a criminal offence or intentional to report it, the police can investigate that for you.

A Tumblr site has also been created to provide information to help break down the barriers that prevent reporting unwanted sexual behaviour.

The site will ensure there is one location for all the information people need and actions they can take to report.

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Level crossing crackdown: Thousands putting themselves and others at risk of death or injury

British Transport Police issue cctv to warn people to beware at level crossings

A stark warning has been issued to anyone who might misuse level crossings. The British Transport Police say that thousands of cyclists, motorists and pedestrians are continuing to put themselves at risk of death or injury - by trying to beat the barriers at level crossings.

In the last few months, alone, the British Transport Police has charged or issued summons to 400 motorists for traffic offences, issued fixed penalties to 357 people, and offered awareness courses to 568.

Now in one of the biggest ever crackdowns, police will be out in force across every region this week, using the latest technology to catch offenders - and warn of the dangers.

Tina Hughes who lost her daughter in a level crossing accident was there at the launch of the initiative to back the awareness campaign. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The other interviewees are Inspector Becky Warren, British Transport Police; PC Simon Spencer-Briggs, a Mobile Safety Officer; and Clive Robey from Network Rail.

Four sentenced after violence at Southampton station

Four men who pleaded guilty to affray following violent disorder at Southampton Central station, have been sentenced.

Leon Hine, 20, has been jailed for 15 months for affray and six months for endangering safety. Alex Leigh, 20, has been jailed for 12 months for affray.

Leon Hine caught on CCTV. Credit: BritishTransportPolice

Two 21-year-olds Liam Sherred-Ball and Jake Mellor were both sentenced to 12 months in prison and suspended for two years. They were also ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.

The level of violence during this incident was appalling. Several members of staff were threatened, and one had his nose broken during the affray. A member of the public who attempted to calm the situation was also injured, and other passengers on the train were left feeling threatened and scared by the situation

– Detective Constable Phil James

Jail for serial luggage-snatcher from Kent

A 34-year-old man from Kent has been jailed for 28 months for stealing luggage from trains at major London stations, following a British Transport Police investigation.

Gareth Colclough, from Eastbrook Place in Dover, was jailed for 21 months for the theft of nine items of luggage, with a further five taken into consideration. He was also sentenced to seven months behind bars for shoplifting and breach of sentence.

The court heard how Colclough stole nine items of luggage in less than a month – snatching suitcases and laptop bags from luggage racks on trains at King’s Cross and Paddington moments before the doors closed

Gareth Colclough, 34, from Kent. Credit: BritishTransportPolice

Detective Constable David Graney, who led the BTP investigation, said:

Even though theft of passenger property was down by 17 per cent nationally this year, we are still persistently pursuing repeat offenders.

Colclough was a career criminal who targeted unsuspecting passengers, moments after they had placed their property in train luggage racks. He travelled up from Dover on an almost-daily basis, scouring trains for unattended bags to snatch.

– David Graney
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