Friday 9 May 2003


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| Southern
Two men charged with endangering public safety at Hogwell railway crossing have been convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court.    The men pleaded guilty to the sentence and admitted that they did not follow proper procedure at the crossing.   PC Ian Anderson, British Transport Police said:   “I am very pleased that the judge has recognised the severity of this incident.  Railway crossings are 100% safe when used correctly. I hope that this case helps to prevent other accidents.”   The defendants each received 100 hours of community service, due to their young age, good character and nature of the accident.   No one was seriously injured, but this incident highlights the potential dangers of misusing railway crossings.    Network Rail and its industry partners actively seek convictions for all railway crime offences.  The maximum penalty for endangering life is life imprisonment.

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