Woman trespassed on railway line to escape ex-partner, Grantham magistrates hear

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A woman was arrested by police after trespassing on a railway line trying to get away from her ex-partner.

Stacey MacDonald, 36, of Burrows Close, Grantham, admitted trespassing on railway lines at Sleaford station on July 4.

She also admitted stealing linen, valued at £27, from Jysk in Grantham, on April 8, stealing two joints of meat, valued at £24, from the Co-op on Princess Drive, Grantham, on April 19, and stealing unknown items valued at £50 from the same store on May 11.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross said that at 5.30pm on July 4 MacDonald was seen jumping from platform one at Sleaford station and running across the lines to platform two.

A member of staff asked her what she was doing and she said: “What’s it got to do with you?”. Then the sound of brakes and a horn was heard. MacDonald was seen standing on the tracks again and a driver in a train was talking to her. Police were called and she was arrested.

Miss Ross said MacDonald had been drinking. She drank six to eight cans of Special Brew every day and had been drinking whiskey that day. Miss Ross said: “She is keen to turn her life around and showed remorse for her behaviour at the railway station.”

As for the thefts, Miss Ross said MacDonald had given full admissions to police about the incidents.

Vicky Clarson, defending, said MacDonald was running away from an ex-partner and had already consumed alcohol when she was at the railway station.

She said MacDonald had studied a course in mental health nursing but had relapsed into drugs and spent time in prison.

She had voluntarily been for drug testing and was on a low-level script.

The court was told that she wanted to work for Addaction, but would need to be drug-free for two years.

Magistrates handed MacDonald a six-week jail sentence, suspended for six months and ordered a supervision requirement and a victim surcharge of £80.