A TEEN who lay on railway tracks and shouted “just let me die” at station staff has been given a chance to sort his alcohol problem.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard Ewan Parrott had been drinking from a stranger’s bottle of vodka shortly before the incident at Chippenham Railway Station on February 28.

The 19-year-old, of Station Road, Swindon, had attempted to kick a GWR staff member, before jumping onto the tracks – resulting in timetable delays worth an estimated £1,500 to the Swindon-based rail company.

Parrott then threw rocks at station staff, shouted at them to let him die and attempted to tackle one railway official before collapsing on the tracks.

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The former Royal Wootton Bassett Academy pupil pleaded guilty to obstructing an engine using the railway and two assault charges. He also admitted failing to surrender to the court for a hearing last Monday.

On Saturday, magistrates sentenced him to an 18 month community order, with 30 rehabilitation requirement days. He must also complete an alcohol treatment course, pay £1,500 compensation to GWR and £50 each to the station staff members.

PC Martin Whitehouse of the British Transport Police welcomed the sentence: “This is a great result and shows the courts take assaults and trespass as seriously as we do.

“We urge members of the public to treat the railways with caution and not trespass onto the tracks and assaulting people will never be tolerated.”