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Comedian stands up for passengers on packed Southern Rail train

Steve Coogan in discussion with the ticket inspector on a London bound Southern service Credit: SWNS

This is the moment Steve Coogan stood up for commuters on a packed Southern Rail train - demanding passengers be allowed to travel with him in his first class carriage.

The Alan Partridge star, 52, was filmed exchanging words with a ticket inspector who told passengers they could not stand in the carriage without first classtickets.

One commuter said: "He was saying that it was outrageous that they should face anypenalty and that they should have somewhere to sit.

"He was being very chivalrous defending the other passengers. There was one woman whowas being told to leave even though she had a lot of luggage and wanted to staywith her bags.

"The train was ridiculously overcrowded with people packed into the aisles and a fewpassengers had wandered into the first class carriage simply to find a seat orsomewhere a little bit more comfortable to stand."

Steve Coogan in discussion with the ticket inspector on a London bound Southern service Credit: SWNS

Sadly the comedian's efforts came to nothing as the commuters were ushered out of thefirst class carriage on the overcrowded 8.46 train from Lewes, Sussex, to London Victoria this morning.

The onlooker added: "The outcome was that the passengers were forced to leave anyway.

"There was a ticket inspector and a guard in the carriage. The guard said to the other passengers: 'I don't think the ticket inspector realises who he is.'"

It is difficult to hear what Coogan is saying but can be heard telling the guard he is 'not being pragmatic'.