Essex man who cost Network Rail £230,000 by climbing station gantry spared jail

David Grant was given only a 15-month suspended sentence

David Grant was given only a 15-month suspended sentence

Friday, February 16, 2018

An Essex man who brought chaos to the railway network around east London by climbing a gantry in rush hour has been spared jail.

David Grant was given only a 15-month suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court, despite costing Network Rail more than £230,000 in compensation to train operators.

Grant climbed a gantry at Romford station on July 24, bringing all trains in the area to a standstill while officers removed him.

It is not clear why Grant climbed the gantry, but he was also given a criminal behaviour order (CBO) forbidding him for entering any rail station under the influence of alcohol.

The CBO also forbids Grant from going to any tube or railway station unless he intends on travelling, and from trepassing on any railway track in the UK.

After the verdict was read out, police described his behaviour as "infuriating" and expressed the hope that his punishment would deter others.

Inspector Steve Webster from British Transport Police, said: “Grant’s obstructive and infuriating behaviour that night meant thousands of commuters had a miserable journey. I completely welcome the sentence handed to him, I hope he sticks to the conditions in his CBO, if he doesn’t then my officers will be quick to arrest him again.  

“Railway disruption is not a victimless crime, not only does it create havoc for commuters, it costs the rail industry millions each year. This sentence should act as a strong deterrent to anyone thinking of trespassing onto the railway."