Shotton horses trespasser 'could have derailed a train'

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A MAN who led two horses across a railway line moments before a train rushed by has been slammed for his recklessness.

British Transport Police said the man was spotted walking along Shotton low level railway station with two horses.

They narrowly missed a speeding train which passed through the station just moments later.

Shotton councillor Elwyn Jones alerted police to the incident. He said: “I couldn’t believe someone would take such a risk.

“The horses were stalling as they were crossing and I thought it could have led to the derailing of a train.

“Within a minute of them getting off the track, a speeding train came through. The consequences could have been catastrophic. I can’t believe somebody would be so stupid to take risks like this.”

In a statement, a British Transport Police spokesman confirmed that officers were made aware of the incident.

The spokesman added: “I cannot emphasise enough the dangers associated with this type of behaviour.

“Anyone who trespasses on to the railway is taking a gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of the staff and passengers travelling on the trains.

“People may think they know the lines well and know the passenger timetables, but they don’t know the freight timetables, with services running 24 hours a day.

“Modern trains are also deceptively quiet and travel at extremely high speeds and, clearly, cannot swerve to avoid people in their path. You can’t outrun a train. It’s on you before you know it.

“Luckily on this occasion, no one was injured – but the scenario could easily have been different.”

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