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Worksop: Man trespassed on railway lines after birthday binge all-nighter

In Court

In Court

A 23-year-old man was caught walking on the lines at Worksop Railway Station after staying out all night celebrating a friend’s birthday.

James House, of Browning Close, Kilton, Worksop, pleaded guilty at Worksop Magistrates’ Court to trespassing upon the lines on 9th August 2014. He also admitted using threatening or abusive language later that morning.

The court heard how police officers were called to the station after House was heard arguing was his girlfriend and walking to and from platforms one and two.

House was then seen walking onto the railway lines in front of a stationary train.

His mother then turned up at the station to lend him some money but he was then seen ‘kicking and punching the car’ before he was arrested.

In mitigation, Ian Pridham, said: “He is really apologetic about his behaviour.”

“He and a group of friends were celebrating a birthday and they carried on all night and into the day drinking as some young people tend to do.”

“He had an argument with his girlfriend and then his mum turned up.”

“He completely denies kicking the car and his mother was also surprised when this was said. They have an excellent relationship.”

“James says that he drank too much and that ‘vodka makes him nasty.’”

“He also says he can not remember a great deal about the incident but that he accepts what’s happened and made full admissions.”

“He was horrified when he sobered up and realised he had been across the tracks.”

There was confusion in court as it was thought by committing these offences, House was in breach of a 15-month suspended sentence order.

It emerged that House had served a two-month sentence for taking a car without consent after this order but it was unclear whether Nottingham Crown Court had activated the sentence due to House only being given two months in jail.

The court agreed that they would deal with House on the day and write to the crown court to notify them of proceedings.

The magistrates fined House £200 in total.

This included £130 for the trespass and a £20 victim surcharge.

 

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