A Southport man, with a catalogue of anti-social behaviour on the railway, has been banned from the network in Merseyside.

Philip Colebourne, 36, of Bath Street, was handed a two-year anti-social behaviour order when he appeared at Sefton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 11 September.

The court heard Colebourne had been at Southport rail station shortly before 8pm on Sunday, 18 August, and had tried to force his way through the barriers and onto the platform without buying a ticket.

Witness stated Colebourne had been drinking , managed to gain access to the platform and was then seen to walk onto the tracks and down the railway line towards Meols Cop.

Rail staff notified British Transport Police who began a search of the area for Colebourne.

Just after 8.40pm Colebourne arrived back at Southport station, seemingly having travelled by train from Meols Cop.

A few days later, on Wednesday, 21 August, Colebourne again attended Southport station, was spotted by rail staff who alerted BTP. Colebourne was subsequently reported for the incident on 18 August.

Shortly after 4.30pm on Friday, 6 September, Colebourne, who had again been drinking, returned to Southport station and tried to pass through the barriers without paying for a ticket.

He managed to sneak through behind a paying rail passenger, but was seen by a member of rail staff who followed Colebourne and returned him to the main concourse.

At this point Colebourne began extremely abusive and violent, rapping the staff member’s knuckles as he tried to hold the barriers closed.

The abusive behaviour continued until BTP officers were called and Colebourne was arrested.

At court he pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, common assault and trespass and, as well as being given the anti-social behaviour order, was handed a 12-week curfew and ordered to pay £50 compensation, £60 victim surcharge and £100 costs.

Sergeant Steve Lawman, of BTP’s Southport Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “The anti-social behaviour order means Colebourne is banned from all trains, stations and other railway property within Merseyside which should give rail staff some respite from his problematic behaviour.

“During the past year Colebourne has become a nuisance on the railway and has received no fewer than 21 convictions for offences on the rail network since January 2012.

“He has a history of being abusive and aggressive towards rail staff and his behaviour has deteriorated rapidly during the past few months.”

Sgt Lawman added: “We do not apply for these orders lightly and only do so when the level of problematic behaviour is such that there is no other avenue to explore.

“Hopefully this order will not only give rail staff some relief, but should, in tandem with the community order, also give Colebourne an opportunity to address his behaviour.”

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