Published On: Sun, Mar 31st, 2019

Eurostar: Man CHARGED after flag-waving Brexit protestor causes HUGE disruption to trains | UK | News

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Terry Maher, 44, will appear before magistrates on Monday after being charged in relation to a stunt which sparked major delays and disruption for thousands of people travelling between London and Paris over the weekend. A BTP spokesman said: “The charges relate to an incident where a man was on top of railway infrastructure, resulting in a number of rail services from St Pancras International needing to be suspended as a safety precaution.” Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan said: “Friday evening’s incident was extremely challenging and I would like to thank the public for their patience whilst a number of specialist teams responded. 

“This was a fast-paced inquiry and I am pleased that a man has now been charged in connection.”

The man, from north London’s Camden, had been arrested at 8.51am on Saturday and will remain in custody until he has to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Maher had been first spotted by people at the central London station on Friday at approximately 7pm.

Eyewitnesses said he was on the tracks draped in a flag of St George shouting sentences about Brexit, leading to think he was carrying out a lone protest on the day Britain was originally meant to leave the European Union. 

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He was later pictured waving his flag on the roof of the station, where BTP said he “spent the night”.

The stunt forced Eurostar to scrap several services on the London-Paris route, causing major disruption to travellers.

Delays continued throughout the day, adding up to those caused by an industrial action which has been taking place throughout the month of March.

The strike saw a total of three cancellations per day on March 26, 27, 28 and 29 alone. 

The London Traffic Watch Twitter account said that up to 100 people were waiting outside St Pancras International Station at the taxi rank as the alleged protest was taking place.

Cabs were unable to make their way in due to “cars ignoring restrictions into Pancras Rd & large amount of Buses now using the road”, a tweet said.

Many took to social media to vent their frustration. 

One fuming traveller wrote: “Wanna know why St Pancras and all the trains are messed up?

“The flag-waving b****nd is on top of the high-speed tracks.”

Another person tweeted: “Even I, a Remain voter who spent Brexit day in Paris working, can see a hint of irony that my Eurostar has been cancelled due to a Brexit protestor on the tracks.”    

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