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In the courts
A 44 year old man has been jailed for obstructing the railway, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Yaasin Ahmed Idris, of Ravel Row, Glasgow, pleaded guilty to obstructing the railway and a public order offence and was sentenced to 24 weeks in jail on 23 April at Willesden Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard how on 20 October last year at Huddersfield station Idris was spotted crossing the train tracks and swearing and shouting at the public by station staff.
He then approached a member of station staff, crossing the tracks again, and threatened to assault him while punching the air.
He continued to make threats to the victim along with other members of station staff causing them to fear for their safety.
When police arrived, Idris continued to be aggressive, kicking out at officers as they arrested him.
Investigating officer PC Sorcha Cantwell-Crook said: “Threatening and abusive behaviour on the railway will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Nobody should be afraid of being abused at work.
“Idris disrupted the running of trains on the line, costing more than £5,000 in delays.
“I am grateful to the courts for the sentence imposed and hope it serves as a strong reminder that this type of behaviour is not acceptable.”
If you experience abusive or threatening behaviour on the railway, contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 at any time. In an emergency call 999.
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