Drunken passenger caused Chiltern Railways delays worth £13,000

Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chiltern_Railways_TrainDrunken train passenger Stewart Crowdy caused Chiltern Railways £13,000 worth of delays after he missed his stop and rode his pushbike along the railway tracks toward home.



The 32-year-old man went extremely aggressive after missing his stop at Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, and he grabbed the neck of a staff while he tried to stop him just two days before Christmas on 2015.



After he started to ride his bike along the line, 28 trains had to be delayed for 300 minutes. Crowdy returned to Banbury station later and was arrested for trespassing, obstruction and assault.



The Oxford Crown Court pleaded him guilty and ordered him to pay £7000 to the railways as compensation. The court also sentenced him 12 months of suspension. He has to go through a nine month long alcohol treatment.



Kevin Smith from British Transport Police said, “Crowdy’s thoughtless actions caused huge delays and costs to the network and it is only right he has been ordered to pay a significant amount towards those. This case shows the courts take trespass and obstruction extremely seriously and they will not hesitate to ensure rail companies are reimbursed if they are left out of pocket by people’s selfish behaviour. We also hope it sends a clear message to anyone who thinks it’s OK to drink too much, get on a train and then behave in a reckless manner- with no regard for their own safety or those around them – that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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