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Suspended prison sentence for reckless ‘train surfer’ – London

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A teenager who filmed himself jumping from a DLR train in the Docklands has been sentenced.

Ricky Brewer, aged 18 and of Belle Vue Road, Aldershot, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday 18 December. He pleaded guilty to one charge of endangering the safety of a person conveyed on the railway.

He was handed a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He must also attend an 18 month Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also handed a £85 fine and ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge.

The incident was first reported to BTP on 1 September this year after a video was posted to YouTube. The footage showed Brewer and another person climbing on top of a DLR train at Heron Quays.

As the train then passed between Heron Quays and Canary Wharf, both Brewer and the other man jumped from the top of the train and into the dock. They then swam to the edge of the dock and ran away.

Following enquiries from officers, they were able to positively identify Brewer and he was subsequently arrested.

Investigating officer PC Victoria Callaghan from British Transport Police, said: “Without care for his own safety, Brewer jumped from that train into the water and the fall could have easily killed or caused him serious injury.

“Every day our officers experience tragedy on the railway. If Brewer knew the heartbreak and sadness we experience when we tell a family that their loved one has been killed, I am sure he wouldn’t have put himself in such danger.

“I am very pleased with the sentence handed down on Monday. I hope he realises the danger he put himself and others in.

“This is the second successful recent prosecution BTP has had against so called ‘train surfers’. Quite frankly, this behaviour is stupid and I would like to send the  clear message that it will not be tolerated. We will work tirelessly to ensure this behaviour is stopped, otherwise it will only be a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured.”

Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement, said: “The actions of Brewer not only posed a serious risk to his own safety, but also the safety of his fellow passengers.

“They were extremely selfish, reckless and ultimately dangerous and the sentence handed down by the court shows that these actions will not be tolerated.”


Notes to editors:

A 15-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with this incident and has been bailed pending a referral to a Youth Offending Team.

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