Man banned from railways after suicide threat chaos
A former mental patient who caused chaos on a busy main line when he threatened to jump off a bridge has been banned from going near railway property.
Jeremy Stewart caused 12 trains to be cancelled and left hundreds of Bristol Rovers fans stranded in Exeter on the first day of the football season after the service they were booked on was unable to reach them.
He sat on a bridge at Hamelin Way, Torquay, for more than an hour and caused six trains to be cancelled and another six diverted or disrupted, at a cost of £37,000 to Network Rail.
Stewart was freed on bail at Exeter Crown Court pending further probation and psychiatric reports and Judge Francis Gilbert imposed a condition banning him from going near any railway.
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It prohibits him from entering railway property, including bridges, parapets and boundary walls.
Stewart, aged 39, of Bay View, Paignton, has admitted trespassing on the railway and disrupting trains and wasting police time during an earlier incident on a railway bridge near Torbay on July 27.
His actions caused the closure of the line between Exeter and Paignton and stopped Cross-Country trains packed with tourists returning home on Saturday, August 3. The disruption to the rail network extended as far as Leeds.
Mr Adrian Chaplin, defending, said Stewart's father was willing to look after him pending sentence and that he was keen to work with the psychiatric service in the meantime.