Halifax man jailed following sex romp on train

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A rail yob from Halifax has been jailed over a romp with his girlfriend in a train compartment in front of children coming home from a day at the seaside, a court heard.

Bullying Andrew Bradley was jailed for six months for terrorising a female security guard who he cornered in a carriage when she tried to stop his outrageous behaviour.

Bradley and girlfriend Amanda Lundy had already been found together in the toilets of the busy TransPennine Express while it was still pulling out of Scarborough station.

Security staff alerted by an automatic alarm ordered the boozy couple back to their seats after catching Lundy with her trousers down in the cubicle.

But as the guards made their way up the train they were called back by passengers complaining that the couple were at it again.

Shocked holidaymaker Joan Robin told the guards: “There’s a couple in there causing issues.” When the guards asked “What do you mean?” She replied that they were engaging in sexual activity.

Bradley, 43, was jailed for six months for subjecting security guard Helena Newsome to a torrent of shocking abuse while she was calling British Transport Police for help.

JPs in Scarborough, were told the “well dressed but drunk” couple boarded the 15.53 Scarborough to Liverpool service where Miss Newsome and colleague Michael Knapton were providing security.

Being told an alarm had gone off in the toilets, she went to investigate and was approached by passengers saying the cubicle was occupied by a couple in their 40s.

When the guards asked them to open up, Bradley swore repeatedly at Miss Newsome as she ordered the couple back to their seats.

“The train had only just started off from the station. She could not have told them to get off so she told them to sit down and not cause any issues,” said Prosecutor Cathy Turnbull.

The two guards were moving up the carriage when they were approached by Miss Robin, who told them about the lewd behaviour.

Ms Turnbull continued: “There was a family with a young child of four, a teenager, and a couple of young families in the carriage at the time.

“A young female had turned her back because she was stunned. There was a teenage male who was pretending to be asleep.”

Miss Robin said in a statement read to the court: “I could clearly see what was happening.

“I heard a lot of loud sexual noises coming from the couple.

“The female was very loud. I could not believe what was happening because of the families. I went to find the security guard.”

Miss Newsome told the couple “You two are getting off at Malton” and the abuse by Bradley started again.

“He was told ‘Please stop swearing. There are children around’. He responded by swearing again,” Miss Turnbull continued.

Miss Newsome said as she was phoning British Transport Police, Bradley ran up to her shouting abuse.

As Bradley continued insulting and mimicking the guard, Lundy approached him and tried to calm him down. “She was upset and visibly crying,” Ms Turnbull added.

The court heard that although the male guard was present, Bradley only abused Miss Newsome.

Miss Robin added: “I really thought he was going to hit her.

“The behaviour of the couple was disgusting. I have never seen anything like it before.

“I’m so shocked this should happen on a train full of young families who had gone to the seaside for a day out.”

Miss Newsome said in a victim impact statement: “It was relentless abuse and completely unprovoked. I thought ‘What have I done to deserve this?’

“It felt like the whole train was watching what was happening.

“I felt an assault was imminent. He was a bully. I had one of the worst working days of my life.

“It was all made worse because the train was in the middle of nowhere.

“I had the line open to the police who said they would meet the train at the station.

“The phone kept cutting out as we crossed the North Yorkshire countryside. I just hoped the police would get there and I would not be assaulted before we got there.”

When the train reached Malton, Bradley half got off but kept one foot on the platform and the other on the train.

He cleared his throat and prepared spit at Miss Newsome but her male colleague stepped between them and Bradley got off.

Miss Newsome had worked as a security guard for six months and said she had enjoyed helping members of the public but had resigned because of the incident.

Ms Turnbull said: “Clearly, there has been no physical injury but psychologically there has been a massive, massive effect on this lady, who was a public servant trying to do her job.”

Mr Knapton said in his statement: “The train was very busy. There were women and children on board. I was very concerned about the safety of the passengers.”

Bradley was due to appear at court on August 11 charged with the public order offence on August 3 2014.

But he failed to turn up – claiming he could not afford the train fare - and was convicted in his absence.

The court heard he had 88 previous convictions for burglary and dishonesty dating back years.

On October 2, he was jailed for six months by Calderdale Magistrates’ for two further theft offences and two bail offences.

At Scarborough, he was jailed for a further six months consecutive for the public order offence and a bail offence after appearing for sentence via video link from prison in Leeds.

Presiding Magistrate Ian Nicholson told him: “We can find no other word for this incident other than ‘disgraceful’.

“There is also the fact that children were present and this was a busy train. This was over a sustained period of time and the guard felt trapped and extremely fearful.

“This was sustained abuse. A custodial sentence is beyond doubt.”

Bradley, also ordered to pay an £80 surcharge, sobbed as sentence was passed. He told the bench: “I was just drunk. It was out of character.

“It’s not like me. I’m sorry for what happened.”

British Transport Police said it had been decided to take no further action against the woman for a complaint of outraging public decency.

Inspector Richard Price, of British Transport Police, said: “Bradley verbally abused and swore at the member of rail staff who was simply trying to carry out her job.

“Clearly, his behaviour was totally unacceptable, and I welcome the sentence handed down.

“BTP will not tolerate aggression of any kind towards railway staff which can be extremely frightening and intimidating.

“Staff should not have to endure such abuse for carrying out their job, and we will arrest and prosecute anyone who engages in this type of behaviour.

“These incidents also have a significant impact on other passengers across the network, as they cause inevitable delays to services.”

Bradley’s mum Brenda Hainsworth said: “This is not the way we brought him up.

“He and Mandy have been on and off but they’ve only been seeing each other less than a year and live together in Bradford now.

“I don’t really have anything to do with them. The way they live their lives is a bit too much for me.

“They had got some money and decided to get away to Scarborough but had a bit too much to drink and got carried away.

“He is not bothered by what happened. He said he swore at the ticket collector and things got out of hand.”