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Woman sentenced for trespass - Barnsley

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Is it worth nipping down the train tracks, if you miss your train and fancy taking a bit of a shortcut?

Jane Richardson thought so.

But sadly, after the courts fined her £665, she might just have changed her mind.

Jane was caught trespassing on the lines between Wombwell and Barnsley stations at around 10am on Thursday 2 March.

Her 40 minute jaunt on the railway caused six trains to be delayed by 23 minutes and more importantly, could have cost Jane her life.

The 51-year-old, of Woodhead Road in Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to Trespassing on the Railway and Obstructing the Railway at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced on 24 March.

Investigating officer PC Roy Percival said: “As police officers, too often do we have to visit the families of people who have trespassed on the railways – to tell them that their loved one is in hospital, or has lost their life.

“It might seem like a shortcut, it might seem like the quickest way home but it’s dangerous, it’s reckless and it’s just not worth the risk.”

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