Drunken railway level crossing keeper jailed

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A DRUNKEN railway gatekeeper who was found slumped unconscious in his seat at Europe’s second busiest level crossing has been jailed.

Peter Singleton, 29, of Roger Drive, Sandal, previously pleaded guilty to working at the crossing on Doncaster Road, Crofton, while unfit though drink at an earlier hearing.

Today (Tuesday) Wakefield Magistrates Court heard that Singleton had drunk a two litre bottle of cider and a train was held up while colleagues tried to wake him.

In mitigating, Mike Devlin said that Singleton had battled bulimia, alcohol abuse and suffered brain damage after a seizure that resulted in him “acting impulsively”.

Singleton was sentenced to three months.

See Friday’s Express for the full story.