Pregnant teen faces jail after dodging train fare by running on live railway tracks

Ruth Doherty
Pregnant teen faces jail after dodging train fare by running on live railway tracks
Pregnant teen faces jail after dodging train fare by running on live railway tracks

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A pregnant teenager is facing a jail sentence after she brought rush hour Tube trains to a standstill when she ran along the tracks trying to dodge her train fare.

Elesha Proud-Miles, 18, narrowly escaped being hit by a Victoria Line train as she ran across the rails at Finsbury Park Station.

She had jumped over the barriers at the station and had already punched a police officer, PCSO Yakubu Musah, in the face after a foul-mouthed rant.

According to the Daily Mail, prosecutor Ravinder Chodha told Westminster Magistrates Court: "The defendant was seen in the mouth of the tunnel, passing through a barrier at the end of the platform and entering the tunnel.

"She was close to the tunnel wall, and a driver applied the emergency brakes after seeing the defendant was not standing still.

"The train driver stopped his train halfway into the platform and contacted control to switch off the electricity to the tracks.

"All the trains in the area then came to a stop.

"He then got out of the train and told the defendant to get into the train, but he says she simply brushed past him and said no.

"She continued to walk through the tunnel and was eventually arrested by police officers and taken to hospital."

Proud-Miles, who is five months pregnant, admitted obstructing a train, disobeying rail safety notices, and assaulting PCSO Musah.

The court heard the teenager already has a string of convictions to her name, including several assaults dating back to 2008 and a common assault in 2011.

She was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court.

She could face up to two years in prison for the offence of obstructing a train alone.

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