Man jailed after placing blocks on rail tracks at Salhouse

A man who went on a rampage of destruction after being ejected from a train for not having the correct fare has been jailed.

Constantin Murarasu, 21, of no fixed abode but known in the north London area, had previously admitted endangering railway safety and damaging a train after he piled concrete blocks on the track of the Sheringham to Norwich railway line at Salhouse on August 18. He had also admitted causing damage to four other vehicles on the same day.

When he appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing he was jailed for 18 months.

Following the court case British Transport Police (BTP) described what happened on August 18. Detective Constable Peter Sowter, investigating officer, said Murarasu had boarded a train at Norwich heading towards Cromer.

Det Con Sowter said: 'Murarasu didn't have the correct fare and was asked to leave the train at Salhouse station.

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'He didn't take too kindly to this and began to put items on both sides of the track, including concrete blocks and flower pots.'

A train coming from the other direction could not avoid hitting the items Murarasu had put on the tracks, and about �15,000 worth of damage was caused to the train's engine and axles. Murarasu also damaged four cars parked in the station car park.

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Det Con Sowter said: 'Fortunately no-one was hurt as a result of Murarasu's actions and although he caused substantial damage and costs in terms of delays and repairs, we could have been looking at far worse consequences.'

James Steward, area manager rural for National Express East Anglia, said: 'Endangering the safety of passengers and rail staff is an extremely serious offence and this sentence sends out a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.'

Murarasu received two 18-month sentences to run concurrently - one for endangering railway safety and one for causing damage to railway property. He was also sentenced to three-month jail terms for each of the other four offences, and these were ordered to run concurrently with the longer sentences.

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