Boozed up bloke blocks train on tracks and refuses to move as he rolls a joint

A boozer blocked a city centre train track causing almost £15,000 worth of disruption to railway lines in Birmingham.

Matthew Deane was caught trespassing near the Hockley Tunnel and refused to move for a train that was forced to stop – all so he could roll a joint.

The train was delayed for half an hour, affecting five services and in total costing Network Rail thousands of pounds, BirminghamLive reports.

The 43-year-old from Olton Boulevard West, Tyseley, admitted it was a 'stupid thing' when he was arrested.

During a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Friday (March 11) Deane broke down in tears after pleading guilty to obstructing a train.

He was sentenced to a community order.

Prosecutor Daniella Davidson-James stated the incident occurred at 8.30pm on August 4 last year.

She said: "A driver of a train reported Mr Deane trespassing on the railway track. He was under the influence of drink or drugs at the Hockley Tunnel.

"The driver reported Mr Deane as he was rolling a joint and refusing to move from the railway line. The train was unable to move forward.

"All train movements between the Jewellery Quarter and Snow Hill were suspended for the safety of Mr Deane. He was escorted to the Jewellery Quarter and stated 'I have done a stupid thing'."

Ms Davidson-James told the court that in police interview Deane said he had been drinking on the anniversary of his father's death and that he showed remorse for his actions.

She confirmed the main train was able to get moving again at 9pm.

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The prosecutor added the incident resulted in two train train cancellations and three partial cancellations in total, causing 174 minutes worth of delays which cost Network Rail £14,879.17.

Kevin Good, defending, stated his client had mental health issues and was on benefits meaning it was 'unlikely' he would be able to pay much compensation.

He added: "He accepts he drinks too much. There were problems in his life. He doesn't seem to have much close family. He is slightly lonely. He's a lonely, sad man."

Magistrates considered adjourning the case for Deane's mental health issues to be explored further, but concluded it was in his best interests to resolve the matter there and then.

His 12-month community order includes 10 days of rehabilitation activity and a 16-week curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am. He must also pay £500 compensation.

The chair of the bench said: "You put yourself and others at risk and caused a lot of inconvenience. I hope you can say it won't happen again."

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