'Loud and abusive' group on train from Scarborough ... and one was carrying a knife

A man has been jailed for carrying a knife on a busy Scarborough train.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:10 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:10 pm

John Hall, 61, who was arrested after getting off the Scarborough to Leeds train, pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates' Court to carrying a bladed article.

He was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

The court heard how on Saturday March 30 2019, Hall, of Central Avenue, Baildon, Bradford, and the group of friends he was travelling with on a train from Scarborough to Leeds were reported for their loud, lairy and abusive behaviour.

John Hall was arrested at Leeds railway station.
John Hall was arrested at Leeds railway station.

Officers spoke with the group at Leeds station but Hall refused to co-operate, instead becoming aggressive and obstructive.

A heavily intoxicated Hall attempted to move away from officers as they tried to detain him. Stumbling into people, he became increasingly aggressive, clenching his fist and raising it at the female officer.

Following his arrest for being drunk and disorderly, he was found to be in possession of a knife. He was further arrested for a public order offence.

British Transport Police's investigating officer Grace Bower said: “Everyone should be able to travel without fear of abuse.

“Instead of complying with officers, Hall’s behaviour escalated the situation which led to his arrest. He was later found to be carrying a blade.

“No-one should feel intimidated or afraid by the behaviour of another.

“Hopefully the sentence handed down will give Hall cause to contemplate his actions.”