East Lancashire woman jumps on rail track in a bid to catch her train

SCENE OF DRAMA Burnley Central railway station

SCENE OF DRAMA Burnley Central railway station

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A STUDENT ran a mile down a railway track and across a viaduct to catch a train, putting her life at risk.

Police said the 34-year-old woman panicked after getting off the train at Burnley Central Station to buy a ticket when it set off again without her.

She climbed down from the platform and chased after the train at around noon yesterday.

Police said the woman, who has not been named, ran to the next station Burnley Barracks, a mile down the line.

Another train travelling in the opposite direction had to stop as staff plucked her to safety and called police and the woman was quizzed for several hours.

She was issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice for trespassing.

The incident caused disruption on the service between Colne and Blackpool and trains were stopped for around 10 minutes.

The woman had got on at Nelson and wanted to travel to Preston but her card had been declined.

She had got off the train at Burnley Central to buy a ticket but the train set off.

Insp Phil Hutchinson, from Lancashire Police, said: "She was on her way to university to sit an exam and some of her property was on the train."

He said the woman could have been killed and warned rail users of the dangers of jumping on the tracks.

Insp Hutchinson said: “It is absolutely one of the most dangerous things people can do.

“From our point of view, it not only puts yourself in danger, but my staff as well.

“We have a duty to protect people and make sure they are safe, but I have to deploy my officers onto the live tracks if someone gets on.

“People don’t often think about the additional consequences.

“If a train had hit her she could have been killed."

Passengers described the disruption caused yesterday.

Sharon Ellis, 27, from Nelson, said: “I’ve been in a situation like that myself but I just buy a ticket on the train. I don’t know what possessed her but I bet she feels a bit stupid now.”

Lauren Westwell, 16, of Rishton, said: “You are always told how dangerous it is to go on the tracks and everybody knows that, it sounds like a very strange thing to do.”

Percy Lane, 68, from Colne, said: “It’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “We ask that all passengers boarding at a station that has an open ticket office or a ticket vending machine, to purchase tickets before getting on the train.

“This particular passenger made the decision to leave the train at Burnley Central to purchase a ticket after her card was declined on-board.

“We would like to remind passengers to take their belongings with them when they leave the train to reduce incidents such as this happening again. Not only did the woman’s actions cause delay but she also put own safety at risk by trespassing on the tracks.”

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “BTP officers were called to the line close to Burnley Central railway station after a report of a woman trespassing.

“The incident was reported to us at 12.11pm and was also attended by Lancashire Police.

“Officers subsequently spoke to the 34-year-old woman and issued her with a £50 fixed penalty notice for trespassing.”

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11:04am Fri 14 Dec 12

jennyspain says...

she is from burnley, enough said!!
she is from burnley, enough said!! jennyspain
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11:07am Fri 14 Dec 12

roversjeff says...

Heaven help our future generations if this is what students get up to!
Heaven help our future generations if this is what students get up to! roversjeff
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11:17am Fri 14 Dec 12

BogTrotter71 says...

roversjeff wrote:
Heaven help our future generations if this is what students get up to!
Future generations? At 34 years old?
[quote][p][bold]roversjeff[/bold] wrote: Heaven help our future generations if this is what students get up to![/p][/quote]Future generations? At 34 years old? BogTrotter71
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11:20am Fri 14 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

Quizzed for several hours! Why ? It's not like she was an Al Qaeda operative.
Quizzed for several hours! Why ? It's not like she was an Al Qaeda operative. George White Bread
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11:25am Fri 14 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

George White Bread wrote:
Quizzed for several hours! Why ? It's not like she was an Al Qaeda operative.
Interview was delayed due to wrong type of leaves on her blouse
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: Quizzed for several hours! Why ? It's not like she was an Al Qaeda operative.[/p][/quote]Interview was delayed due to wrong type of leaves on her blouse Return of the Magnificent se7en
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12:00pm Fri 14 Dec 12

stanley crowther says...

i just felt like running !!!!
i just felt like running !!!! stanley crowther
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1:20pm Fri 14 Dec 12

IanHuddy says...

George White Bread wrote:
Quizzed for several hours! Why ? It's not like she was an Al Qaeda operative.
Perhaps not. She might have been a would-be far-right terrorist though. Gone are the days when the threat of terrorism in the UK was strictly a Muslim preserve. They should have renditioned her to somewhere like Libya just to be certain. You can't be too careful nowadays.
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: Quizzed for several hours! Why ? It's not like she was an Al Qaeda operative.[/p][/quote]Perhaps not. She might have been a would-be far-right terrorist though. Gone are the days when the threat of terrorism in the UK was strictly a Muslim preserve. They should have renditioned her to somewhere like Libya just to be certain. You can't be too careful nowadays. IanHuddy
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2:09pm Fri 14 Dec 12

woolywords says...

This story reads like a proper instance of jobsworth gone mad.
She gets on the train, asks for a ticket but the bank card is declined by the ticket issuer.
At this point, the person being asked to provide the ticket could have filled out the form (TIR), noting the card refusal and it's numbers.

The woman could then have taken same declined card to the ticket office at the destination station, got the necessary ticket and a receipt showing that the card had been used to purchase the same.

This whole thing smacks of someone either being poorly trained or acting in other than accordance with best practise in customer services.

Once a month, every month, I travel on the last train to Blackburn out of Preston and have yet to have my ticket inspected onboard that train.
This story reads like a proper instance of jobsworth gone mad. She gets on the train, asks for a ticket but the bank card is declined by the ticket issuer. At this point, the person being asked to provide the ticket could have filled out the form (TIR), noting the card refusal and it's numbers. The woman could then have taken same declined card to the ticket office at the destination station, got the necessary ticket and a receipt showing that the card had been used to purchase the same. This whole thing smacks of someone either being poorly trained or acting in other than accordance with best practise in customer services. Once a month, every month, I travel on the last train to Blackburn out of Preston and have yet to have my ticket inspected onboard that train. woolywords
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3:01pm Fri 14 Dec 12

ToffeeGuy says...

The things people do just to leave Burnley!
The things people do just to leave Burnley! ToffeeGuy
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3:21pm Fri 14 Dec 12

moh says...

woolywords wrote:
This story reads like a proper instance of jobsworth gone mad. She gets on the train, asks for a ticket but the bank card is declined by the ticket issuer. At this point, the person being asked to provide the ticket could have filled out the form (TIR), noting the card refusal and it's numbers. The woman could then have taken same declined card to the ticket office at the destination station, got the necessary ticket and a receipt showing that the card had been used to purchase the same. This whole thing smacks of someone either being poorly trained or acting in other than accordance with best practise in customer services. Once a month, every month, I travel on the last train to Blackburn out of Preston and have yet to have my ticket inspected onboard that train.
There are long queues at ticket office and machines normally. the jobs worth officials do not let people board trains without ticket therfore many people miss trains and important lectures, exams or work. British rail needs to sort this shambles out.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: This story reads like a proper instance of jobsworth gone mad. She gets on the train, asks for a ticket but the bank card is declined by the ticket issuer. At this point, the person being asked to provide the ticket could have filled out the form (TIR), noting the card refusal and it's numbers. The woman could then have taken same declined card to the ticket office at the destination station, got the necessary ticket and a receipt showing that the card had been used to purchase the same. This whole thing smacks of someone either being poorly trained or acting in other than accordance with best practise in customer services. Once a month, every month, I travel on the last train to Blackburn out of Preston and have yet to have my ticket inspected onboard that train.[/p][/quote]There are long queues at ticket office and machines normally. the jobs worth officials do not let people board trains without ticket therfore many people miss trains and important lectures, exams or work. British rail needs to sort this shambles out. moh
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4:19pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Gaius Grossus says...

As this part is single track and she was trying to catch the train at Barracks one has to say what other train. Is this the one that waits at Rose Grove as the crew have a smoke.
As this part is single track and she was trying to catch the train at Barracks one has to say what other train. Is this the one that waits at Rose Grove as the crew have a smoke. Gaius Grossus
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8:53pm Fri 14 Dec 12

gazzandste says...

Gaius Grossus wrote:
As this part is single track and she was trying to catch the train at Barracks one has to say what other train. Is this the one that waits at Rose Grove as the crew have a smoke.
They cross at Rosegrove
[quote][p][bold]Gaius Grossus[/bold] wrote: As this part is single track and she was trying to catch the train at Barracks one has to say what other train. Is this the one that waits at Rose Grove as the crew have a smoke.[/p][/quote]They cross at Rosegrove gazzandste
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