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"Trowbridge railway vandal avoids jail sentence" - Wiltshire Times (23/12/2009) - 8059/13058
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 23rd December 2009

From the Wiltshire Times:

[quote="Wiltshire Times"]Trowbridge railway vandal avoids jail sentence

A man who was involved in throwing an industrial wheelie bin on to the train line has escaped jail after failing to do his community order.

Matthew Robinson, formerly of Painters Mead, Hilperton, was put on the 18 month programme in June after admitting endangering the lives of railway passengers.

But the 21-year-old has been given another chance after he was found to be in breach of the order for a second time by the probation service.

And Judge Douglas Field, sitting at Swindon Crown Court yesterday, warned him

Re: "Trowbridge railway vandal avoids jail sentence" - Wiltshire Times (23/12/20 - 8059/13059
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 24th December 2009

It's very easy to comment without knowing the full case ... but I can't see the punishment being something that'll put others off doing stupid things too much ...

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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