Trespassed on railway ‘looking for boyfriend’

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton woman who trespassed on the railway was trying to find her boyfriend, a court heard.

The driver of a freight train travelling to Hindlow Quarry on October 21 saw a woman walking along the tracks, prosecutor John Cooper told High Peak Magistrates’ Court.

The train stopped and the woman, Sophie Elizabeth Clare, was spoken to. She said she was looking for her boyfriend and the train crew asked her to move away from the tracks but she continued walking close to them, so the train continued behind her at a cautious speed, Mr Cooper added.

Eventually, Clare walked away.

The 26-year-old, of London Road, admitted trespassing in dangerous proximity to railway lines.

Saul Comish, defending, said: “Her partner was camping nearby and she was looking for him.”

She was fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 surcharge and £30 costs.