Man jailed for pushing wheelie bin in front of train on FA Cup final day

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A MAN who caused travel chaos for Pompey fans on FA Cup final day by pushing a wheelie bin onto the train tracks has been jailed.

Jacob Kirby had been drinking and smoking cannabis when he shoved the large metal bin onto the line at Liss Station.

Jacob Kirby

Jacob Kirby

Just four minutes later a freight train hit the bin at 55 mph, screeching to a halt about a mile-and-a-half down the tracks.

No-one was hurt in the incident which happened at 1.40am on May 15.

But the line was shut for more than seven hours while workers tried to fix the line.

The incident caused delays for thousands of Pompey fans travelling by rail to London for the club’s FA Cup Final clash against Chelsea.

The cost of the damage and refunding tickets was about £25,000, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Kirby, from Station Road, Liss, admitted endangering public safety but said he didn’t intend for the bin to fall onto the line.

The 21-year-old, who has 11 previous convictions for 21 offences, including criminal damage was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

Judge Guy Boney QC said: ‘I’m told that had this been a passenger train, which is lighter than a fully-laden goods train, there was a chance of it being derailed. The consequences of a crash at that kind of speed don’t bear thinking about.

‘You could easily have been responsible, had it not been a goods train, for a significant risk to life.’

Ashley Keatings, 20, from Hazelbank Close, in Liphook, has also admitted a charge of endangering public safety. His case was adjourned for sentencing at a later date. He was remanded in custody.