Brexit protester jailed for £1m train disruption

Terry Maher will spend a year in jail

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Brexit protester who brought St Pancras International station in London to a standstill has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Terry Maher climbed on top of a tunnel overlooking railway lines near St Pancras in March. He held a St George flag, power banks for his phone and warm clothing.

The 44-year-old told police he was armed with a Stanley knife and was angry with politicians over Brexit.

Prosecutors said he also made comments about illegal immigrants and complained about foreign aid money being spent in India.

British Transport Police said the 13-hour one-man protest caused disruption to thousands of people travelling between London, Kent and France.

In total 88 train services were cancelled and up to 22,000 people were affected by the demonstration which cost an estimated £1 million.

International passengers planning to travel on Eurostar from the station were stranded overnight.

Maher has been found guilty of malicious obstruction of the railway and was sentenced to a year in jail.

Detective Sergeant Dean Percival said Maher’s “selfish actions profoundly impacted” rail users.

“This has been described as the single most expensive incident in the history of high-speed railway in Britain,” he said.

“However, not only did it cost the rail industry, it also cost thousands of commuters and holidaymakers their time, significantly delaying their journeys and leaving them stranded at stations desperate for the situation to be resolved.”

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