Southern Rail passenger 'threatened to blow up company HQ whilst stuck on train'

Southern Rail passenger 'threatened to blow up company headquarters whilst stuck on train'

The passenger allegedly sent a bomb threat whilst on a train

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Southern Rail passenger threatened to blow up the headquarters of the company whilst he was stuck on one of their trains, a court has heard.

David Davies allegedly emailed Southern Rail's customer relations department in November 2016, claiming a bomb had been placed in their offices, Court News UK reports.

It is claimed he sent the messages whilst on a train travelling to central London. Staff who work for operating company Govia then passed the message on to police.

Prosecutor Sonya Foxsmith said: "He communicated to Govia customer relations, that’s the railways company, information which he knew or believed to be false with the intention of inducing in that person, or any other person, a false belief that a bomb was present in Govia company headquarters."

Davies is charged with one count of communicating a bomb hoax, which he denies. The case has now been sent to Blackfriars Crown Court for a trial.

He has been released on unconditional bail and will return to the court on April 27.

Southern Rail services have regularly been disrupted over recent months due to strikes over driver-only trains, causing lengthy delays for commuters.