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Man sentenced for driving through level crossing barrier - Arksey, Doncaster

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A man has been sentenced to six months in prison after driving through a level crossing barrier in Arksey, Doncaster.

Allan Ward, aged 55, of Elmey Drive, Scawsby, Doncaster, was found guilty of one count of dangerous driving at Sheffield Crown Court on 14 February.

On 20 May 2016, Mr Ward drove his car through Arksey level crossing after the barrier had been in the down position for five seconds.

His vehicle struck the barrier, knocking it off.

Mr Ward was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on 7 March. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115, disqualified from driving for 21 months with an extended re-test to be taken, and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

Inspector Graham Bridges said: “Mr Ward’s actions were extremely dangerous and he risked being struck by a train when he drove across the level crossing when the barriers were down.  He also not only risked his own life but the lives of everyone on board any train that may have been travelling through at the time.

“As a result of his reckless actions, the barriers had to be repaired, causing extensive delays for people using the rail network and diversions for road users.

“I am pleased that his offence has been taken seriously by the courts and that he has received this prison sentence. It sends a clear message to people about how seriously the courts view such behaviour and the importance they place on railway safety.”

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