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13 June 2013, 09:54
British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a man risked his life by jumping from a train and running across the tracks outside Leicester railway station.
Officers have now released images of man they would like to speak to in connection with this incident, which took place on Wednesday, 27 March at around 4.40pm.
PC Michael LeConte, investigating the incident, said: “A man boarded the 16.40 Sheffield to London St Pancras service at Leicester. Once the train had departed the station the man realised the train didn’t stop at Kettering. As the train passed through Leicester South junction, the man pulled the emergency cord which brought the train to a stop, opened the doors, then jumped off the train and ran off across the tracks and up an embankment.
“Leicester station is very busy with trains coming in and out of the station all the time. The man’s actions were utterly reckless and he is extremely lucky he wasn’t injured or even killed.
“The train also had to be stopped and the guard had to reset the alarm, causing a delay to passengers on the service. Trains are fitted with emergency stop equipment to ensure the safety and security of all passengers. To misuse this equipment in this way simply because the man had boarded the wrong service was highly irresponsible and inconsiderate to both customers and staff.”
Officers have followed extensive enquires in an attempt to trace the man to highlight his dangerous actions, and after reviewing CCTV footage have now identified a man they would like to speak to.
PC LeConte added: “If you know the man pictured, or his whereabouts, I would urge you to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016 quoting B2/NE of 12/06/2013. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.