Ipswich railway station roof climber Mantas Badauskas guilty

  • 24 July 2013
  • From the section Suffolk
Man on roof at Ipswich railway station
Image caption Badauskas climbed on to the roof leading to the power being turned off at the station

A man's rooftop escapade, which closed Ipswich railway station for seven hours, disrupted 40,000 passengers' journeys, a court has heard.

Mantas Badauskas, 25, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to obstruction without intent before magistrates in Ipswich.

His climb onto a platform roof affected train services across East Anglia on Friday.

He is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court at a later date.

Badauskas, who is from Lithuania, scaled the platform roof on Friday morning forcing the station to turn the electricity off at 08:30 BST.

After a stand-off with British Transport Police, Badauskas came down using a ladder at about 15:15 BST and train services resumed.

The prosecution told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court that the defendant's actions affected 40,000 people who had been travelling on the main London to Norwich line and on services from Ipswich to Cambridge, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

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