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Cyclist fined after barging through level crossing and shouting at the train driver

A cyclist has been fined after barging through a level crossing with his bike before narrowly missing a train and shouting at the driver.

North Sheen level crossing Credit: BTP

George Caraska, 49, climbed over the closed barrier before angrily gesturing at the train when it passed through the junction.

He was waiting at the North Sheen level crossing in Richmond, south west London, on July 29 when he lifted his bike over and squeezed onto the tracks, moments before a train went past.

North Sheen level crossing Credit: BTP

This has to rank as one of the most stupid, arrogant and dangerous things I've seen in my entire police service.

Fortunately, Caraska was caught on camera and widely shared on social media by members of the public who were as horrified by his actions as we were.

Disobeying a safety notice on the railway and obstructing a train is a serious matter and could have resulted in death or injury to the train driver, passengers, Caraska himself and massive disruption and cost to the rail network.

– Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith, British Transport Police

Caraska, of no fixed abode, failed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on October 9 but was arrested and sentenced at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to one count of disobeying a safety notice or sign and one count of obstructing an engine or carriage using the railway by an unlawful act, wilful omission or neglect.

Caraska was ordered to pay fines and a victim surcharge, totalling £130.