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Window cleaner disrupts 13 train services by walking on tracks in Nottingham


A man must spend nearly two years repaying railway firms for disrupting services by walking on the track near Carlton.
Ross Cannon faced Nottingham magistrates and pleaded guilty to obstructing an engine or carriage on February 20 last year. The case had been adjourned to await a probation report on the 23-year-old.

Now he has been ordered to pay £944 compensation to four rail companies, including East Midlands Trains. The figure works out as a third of the figure sought.

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The court heard that he owes cash from earlier fines and is paying at a rate of £10 weekly. To help him meet the compensation, Cannon was excused paying £85 prosecution costs or a government surcharge.

Solicitor Nikki Carlisle, who represented Cannon, said he was a drug taker at the time and also had domestic trouble. But he has now conquered both problems and is working part-time as a window cleaner.

“He now feels things are going OK,” added Miss Carlisle for Cannon of Charles Street, Newark.

On the day of the offence, he had been taken to hospital for treatment to a hand injury. But he found he had no money to get home and was ordered off a train at Carlton.

Mark Fielding, prosecuting, said that Cannon jumped onto the tracks before walking towards Newark. After a few minutes, he headed for a field and was arrested there by officers of the British Transport Police.

A total of 13 services were disrupted, including freight trains.


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