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Man avoids jail after throwing a bike under a rush hour train - east London

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A man who recklessly threw his bike at a moving train, costing thousands in delay minutes, has been handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, following a British Transport Police investigation. 

Alcino Barrons Costa of Pevensey Road, Waltham Forest, appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court on August 22. 

On 26 April this year at approximately 5pm, Costa was told by TfL Rail staff that he couldn’t board a service with his bike due to how busy the train was. This was during the midst of the evening rush hour, so trains were busy with other passengers making their way home.

Costa’s reaction to this request was to then take his bike and throw it at the train as it departed Stratford station. The bike became tangled and was dragged under the platform. 

Officers were called to platform eight, where Costa was arrested and taken into police custody. At court, the judge also ordered Costa to carry out 70 hours unpaid work and pay a £115 victim surcharge. 

PC Michael Howlett from British Transport Police, said: “This was a reckless and dangerous reaction by Costa, instead of reacting calmly to the request by TfL staff, he decided to throw his bike at the moving train. As a result of his behaviour, many commuters were put in harm’s way and thousands of commuters had their journeys delayed whilst the bike was safely removed from the tracks. I hope this sends a clear warning to everyone that this type of reckless behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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