Woman jailed for standing on railway

A FORMER ambulance driver who forced a train driver to make an emergency stop after she stood in the middle of the rail track has been jailed for six weeks.

A FORMER ambulance driver who forced a train driver to make an emergency stop after she stood in the middle of the rail track has been jailed for six weeks.

Kay Cousins, 45, stood with both hands over her face as a train came to a halt a couple of feet away from her in Newmarket, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Several weeks later, Cousins was physically removed from the track on the Cambridge to Ipswich line by a landscape gardener who saw her standing in the path of an oncoming train, said Ian Pells, prosecuting.

When Cousins was interviewed by police she said she had lost her job with the ambulance service and had been trying to commit suicide.

Cousins, of New Cheveley Road, Newmarket was committed to the Crown Court for two offences of obstructing a railway line, illegal possession of a knife, making menacing or abusive calls to the emergency services and being in breach of an Asbo.

Jailing her for six weeks, less 20 days she has spent in custody, Judge David Goodin described her as dangerous and said the way she had behaved had put the lives of others in danger. He ordered that an Asbo imposed in May should continue indefinitely.

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