Jail for man who parked his van on a level crossing

Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com
Nottingham Crown Court © westbridgfordwire.com

A man has been handed a prison sentence after he maliciously obstructed the railway when he parked his car on a level crossing.

Andrew Collins, aged 50 and of Matlock Close, Derbyshire, appeared before Nottingham Crown Court on 20 July charged with malicious obstruction of the railway.

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Collins admitted the offence and was handed a 32 month prison sentence and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Shortly before 9.30pm on 23 April this year, Collins was seen by members of the public to drive his Ford Focus van onto Station Road level crossing in Long Eaton. Once on the crossing, he stopped his van and put the handbrake on.

He then made no attempted to move his van despite pleas from other motorists and pedestrians.

Collins was eventually removed from his van, thankfully he or the van were not struck by a train.

DS Ian Wright from BTP, said: “Collins actions were highly irrational and extremely dangerous. He not only endangered his own life but that of several other motorists and pedestrians who came to prevent his reckless actions.

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“I want to thank the Good Samaritans in this case who tried to help Collins despite his obstructive behaviour. I hope Collins spends his time reflection on his bad driving and never repeats this again.”