Two men: Same rail crossing blunder

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TWO men have been fined for driving over the same level crossing as its lights signalled it was closing.

On Tuesday, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard how the crossing’s lights could have been obscured from the direction that Gerald Richard Beales and Adrian Lynn Jay had approached it.

Emma Howson, prosecuting, said it was 12.20pm on May 23 when the Brandon railway level crossing was activated because of an approaching train.

Beales’ car was then seen crossing it from the Weeting approach after the barrier had started to close.

It was 8.47am on May 23 when Jay’s tractor was spotted doing the same, crossing the stop sign when the red lights were flashing and the barrier descending, also from the Weeting side, said Mrs Howson.

In mitigation for Beales, Mark Thompson provided the court with medical proof of his client’s good mental and physical health.

“The fact that we have someone else who had the same offence on the same day in the same circumstances, and I don’t mean this as a matter of disrespect but is much younger than Mr Beales, is interesting,” he said.

“He contacted police about the position of the lights and they have now been repositioned, so there must have been some acceptance of a problem,” he added.

Beales, 87, of Shadwell Close, Weeting, and Jay, 50, of Brandon Road, Elvedon, were each fined £60 after admitting the offence and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.