Passengers throw ranting man off train

A man was thrown off a train by his fellow passengers.
A man was thrown off a train by his fellow passengers.
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A man who was thrown off a train at a railway station by fellow passengers took revenge by delaying their journey.

Lee Baker hurled an advertising sign onto the tracks costing the rail company £1,792 in an overall hold up.

Baker, 35, of Horsebridge Road, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to obstructing a train.

He was sentenced to a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 towards compensation with a £150 court charge plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said Baker threw an A-frame sign belonging to Northern Rail from a rail bridge on to the track in front of a stationary train at Poulton station on May 12 at 5.45pm.

Baker had been ejected at the station by fellow rush-hour passengers on their commute home after upsetting and frightening people. He had walked up and down the train shouting at people and talking to himself.

He was particularly menacing towards women and two females moved to another carriage to avoid him.

The prosecutor added that the train Baker had been travelling on was delayed by 29 minutes, but the knock-on delay over the rail network was 128 minutes. Delay cost Northern Rail £14 a minute and the total cost of the incident was £1,792.

Martin Hillson, defending, said Baker had travelled by train to Preston to visit a friend who was very ill in hospital.

Baker had been diagnosed with s mental health problems and suffered from panic attacks. One of the things that set off such attacks was being in busy places.

On the journey home at peak time the train was very busy and he walked up and down trying in vain to find a quieter place in a carriage.

He was talking out loud, getting more agitated and fellow travellers may have believed he was drunk. He was ejected at Poulton by other passengers.

He called the police himself, unhappy at his removal.