Woman sentenced for trespassing on train tracks in South Yorkshire

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A woman who trespassed on train tracks causing multiple delays to services in South Yorkshire has been slapped with a hefty fine.

A woman who trespassed on train tracks causing multiple delays to services in South Yorkshire has been slapped with a hefty fine.

Jane Richardson, aged 51, was spotted walking down the tracks between Barnsley and Wombwell stations on March 2, 2017.

Barnsley Magistrates' Court heard Richardson's 40 minute jaunt caused six different trains to be delayed by over 20 minutes.

Officers who helped secure her conviction said the woman's actions 'could have cost her own life'.

The 51-year-old, of Woodhead Road in Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to Trespassing on the Railway and Obstructing the Railway at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court at an earlier hearing and was fined £665.

Investigating officer PC Roy Percival said: “As police officers, too often do we have to visit the families of people who have trespassed on the railways – to tell them that their loved one is in hospital, or has lost their life.

“It might seem like a shortcut, it might seem like the quickest way home but it’s dangerous, it’s reckless and it’s just not worth the risk.”