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Criminal Behaviour Order for Essex man who caused hours of delays – Essex

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A Romford man who cost the railway hundreds of thousands has this week been sentenced following a British Transport Police investigation. 

David Grant, aged 36 of Derby Avenue, Romford appeared before Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday 12 February where he was sentenced. 

Grant was handed a 15 months prison sentence, suspended for two years and a five year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). He was also ordered to attend a 30 day rehabilitation requirement. The conditions of Grant’s CBO forbids him from the following: 

1.       Entering any Railway Station or alighting any train within England and Wales whilst under the influence of any intoxicating substance or liquor such as to cause harassment, alarm or distress to another individual
2.        Going to any London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or Main Line Railway premises save for the purpose of travelling
3.       Trespassing on any Railway Track or entering any area on Railway Stations in England or Wales which are not open to the public

Shortly after 6.20pm on 24 July last year, Grant climbed a gantry at Romford station in Essex. This forced all trains in the area to be stopped whilst officers responded and removed him from the gantry. 

As a result of Grant’s obstructive behaviour, multiple trains were extensively delayed. This cost Network Rail more than £230,000 in compensation payments to train operating companies. 
Grant was later charged with one count of obstructing the railway, he pleaded guilty at the same court. 
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."

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