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Police have condemned a man who forced a train to make an emergency stop while he tried to retrieve a £2 golf ball on the tracks.
The near miss happened near Prestatyn railway station at just after 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured but the train driver had to be taken off duty because he was in such distress.
British Transport Police said the trespasser’s actions ”for the sake of a golf ball” were ”beyond comprehension” and warned the public to stay off train tracks.
Sergeant Gemma Jones said: ”Sadly, time after time, we receive reports of people trespassing on the railway, whether to take a shortcut or just out of curiosity…it is incredibly fortunate that, on this occasion, no one was injured – but the outcome could easily have been so different.”
”This incident also had a major impact on the driver, who thought he was about to hit the person. He was so shaken up that he had to be taken off duty immediately and a relief driver was drafted in to take over the train.”
”Trespassers may believe they can cross the tracks before a train comes. However, trains travel extremely fast and are often much quieter than people expect…anyone caught deliberately obstructing the railway or trespassing on the tracks and endangering people’s safety can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to prosecute you and put you before the courts, with the maximum penalty being life imprisonment.”
Anyone who witnesses any trespassing on rail tracks should phone 999 in an emergency or call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.