Rail pest is stopped in his tracks

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

A TRAINSPOTTER has been banned from talking to any woman on the country’s rail network after a student at Doncaster station suffered his unwanted advances.

Peter Harrison, 58, had an anti-social behaviour order imposed at Doncaster Crown Court after he admitted common assault against the 22-year-old woman.

Harrison spends hours each week at Doncaster station photographing locomotives and taking their numbers down - but for the second time has been convicted of pestering women waiting for trains.

Judge Jacqueline Davies sentenced him to a 12 months’ community order for the assault, and ordered Harrison not to try to talk to or touch any woman on any station or train for indefinitely.

The prosecution had wanted Harrison, of Hebden Bridge, to be banned from all stations in South and West Yorkshire and Humberside but his lawyer successfully argued he would not be able to undertake his hobby, which has been a large part of his life for the past 15 years.

Pam Coxon said her client travelled to Doncaster twice a week and trainspotting was his “sole purpose in life.”

She added: “It is not the trainspotting that is causing alarm but the approaching of young females and it is that that ought to be prohibited.”

Prosecutor Sarah Wright said the student was sitting on a bench waiting for a train when Harrison tried asking where she was going.

He ‘boxed’ her against the armrest of the bench and placed his hands on her shoulders, saying ‘I love you’ and ‘I’ll think about you tonight’ before rubbing her shoulder. She reported it to station staff and Harrison was detained by police, when he denied it was sexual.

In 2004 Harrison was convicted for indecently assaulting the same student in Lincolnshire.

Judge Davies told him: “Take photos of trains, write down their numbers, but don’t talk to ladies.”