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arriva_logo_jpgOn Tuesday (Dec 2), a man from Port Talbot who caused multiple train delays of more than an hour was dealt with at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court. Jonathan Dyment, aged 33 of Heol y Glynn, Cymmer pleaded guilty to trespassing on the railway line at Narberth and using threatening behaviour against two people, one of which was the train driver.

The court heard of how on September 8, CCTV captured Dyment leaving the platform and walking to the middle of the track on two occasions. Dyment became aggressive toward his partner, and after being told to ‘chill out’, began swearing and making threats. He removed his t-shirt and placed keys between the fingers of his fist, and was threatening police.

Prosecutor, Ellie Morgan said: “He then ripped a beer can in half and said ‘Jack Army, only God will judge me’ before slashing himself. The guard and driver were in fear for their safety and four trains were delayed for 76 minutes, which cost Arriva Trains £1,335.” Defence solicitor, Mark Layton said: “The trains in west Wales very rarely run on time – 76 minutes in my experience is a good result.”

Magistrates issued a 24 month community order with a supervision and thinking skills requirement. He also had to pay compensation of £1,335 to Arriva Trains Wales and was ordered to pay £100 compensation each to the guard and the train driver.