Commuter chaos as Worthing man climbs on train

The Argus: Commuter chaos as Worthing man climbs on train Commuter chaos as Worthing man climbs on train

A man climbed on top of a train causing rail chaos across Sussex yesterday.

The 39-year-old man, from Worthing, pranced on the roof of the train for an hour until he was talked down by police.

Trains were delayed and thousands of passengers faced disruption in the wake of the incident close to Durrington railway station in Worthing yesterday afternoon.

The man is believed to have climbed onto the train as it stopped just outside the station.

The man drank from a bottle and carried a whip-style object as he stood on the roof.

Witnesses described the man, who was arrested on suspicion of trespass, as sweating heavily.

He was eventually talked down and taken to Worthing Hospital. He was last night undergoing medical tests.

Passengers on board the 1.37pm Southern service from Haywards Heath to Littlehampton and other affected services said they were stunned to hear an announcement over the tannoy which said: “This train is delayed due to a drunken man on the roof at Durrington.”

Sales consultant Chris Forte, 29, from Hove, was travelling from Hove to Worthing when he was delayed at Shoreham.

He said: “The announcer was French and kept telling us what was going on. There were a lot of sniggers going around the carriage.

“He eventually told everyone to get off the train.”

Nicole Child, of Worthing, was stuck at Worthing West station where there was a crowd of about 100 people.

She said: “There were huge delays.

Still it is better he is on the roof of the train than under it.”

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said the man was thought to have been in a nearby gardens and wandered along the tracks before climbing onto the train.

The train did not move while the man was on the roof.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:32pm Thu 28 Jul 11

papa_melons says...

who needs Dave ..........
who needs Dave .......... papa_melons

1:41pm Thu 28 Jul 11

fedupbrighton says...

Isn’t this a new sport?
Isn’t this a new sport? fedupbrighton

4:15pm Thu 28 Jul 11

Spanners says...

is that a can of lager in his hand ?
is that a can of lager in his hand ? Spanners

8:15pm Thu 28 Jul 11

myselfishgenes says...

sort of looks amusing but it wasn't funny for the thousands of people inconvenienced by him, the disruption from this lasted beyond the evening rush hour.
sort of looks amusing but it wasn't funny for the thousands of people inconvenienced by him, the disruption from this lasted beyond the evening rush hour. myselfishgenes

3:20pm Fri 29 Jul 11

Totally Provincial says...

"it is better he is on the roof of the train than under it" Really? I bet that's not what the BTP and Southern Railway are saying in private!
"it is better he is on the roof of the train than under it" Really? I bet that's not what the BTP and Southern Railway are saying in private! Totally Provincial

12:26pm Mon 1 Aug 11

John Steed says...

Its only a few years ago that hotel 900 and approx 8 police vehicles BTP & sussex police attended worthing central station on a pleasant saturday afternoon to arrest this junkie idiot for scaring passengers on a train from lancing. im surprised he hasnt been named by the paper, he is after all a well known local buttwipe with a long history of drug abuse and jail time.
Its only a few years ago that hotel 900 and approx 8 police vehicles BTP & sussex police attended worthing central station on a pleasant saturday afternoon to arrest this junkie idiot for scaring passengers on a train from lancing. im surprised he hasnt been named by the paper, he is after all a well known local buttwipe with a long history of drug abuse and jail time. John Steed

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree