Saturday 21 April 2018

WATCH: Shocking CCTV footage shows drunk man's near miss with train

Derek Acton (44) was filmed stumbling on the platform before climbing down onto the tracks

Neil Lancefield

Shocking CCTV footage has been released showing a drunk man narrowly miss being hit by a train.

Derek Acton (44) was filmed stumbling on the platform at Harlow Mill station in Essex before climbing down onto the tracks.

He then lay between the tracks moments before a Greater Anglia train passes through the station and over him.

Paramedics and police were dispatched to the scene but Acton, of Pinner Road, Harrow, north-west London, was unharmed.

His actions cost Network Rail an estimated €13,000 in delay compensation.

Acton was convicted of railway obstruction at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, British Transport Police said.

He was sentenced on Monday to a 12-month community order, a 60-day alcohol abstinence requirement and fined £570.

Inspector Steve Webster of BTP said: “Quite frankly, Acton is lucky to be alive.

“In his intoxicated state, he climbed down onto the tracks and lay in the path of a fast approaching train. His actions were baffling.

"I hope Acton sticks to his community order and the alcohol abstinence requirement.

"Hopefully he will steer clear of the tracks and avoid being involved in another near miss.

"The railway is an extremely dangerous place to trespass."

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