£2,000 reward to catch cyclist who was seconds from death after barging through level crossing


A £2,000 reward is being offered to catch a cyclist who escaped death by seconds after barging through a level crossing into the path of a train.

The foolhardy man was caught on CCTV footage lifting his mountain bike over the railings before squeezing himself through the barrier a split-second before the train sped past.

Stunned bystanders pleaded with him to stop but the man yells “I don’t f****** care mate” before raising his arm in anger as the South West Trains service hurtles past.

The video footage of the incident records the Waterloo-bound train blaring its horn at the man, during the incident at North Sheen station on May 11.

Commuters, schoolchildren and parents watched on as the cyclist – who was wearing a cap, a pair of shorts and a puffa jacket – flouted the warning signs.

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The cyclist barged through a level crossing before a train whizzed past yards in front of him

Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £2,000 to identify the cyclist after the train driver was left with psychological trauma.

A spokesman said “someone will know who he is” and urged anyone who does to get in touch.

Dave Hunter, head of operations at Crimestoppers, said: “This man could have caused himself serious injury or even death. 

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The cyclist gestures angrily as the train rushes past (Twitter)

“His actions were incredibly dangerous. Someone will know who he is and we hope they will see that there is no excuse for this behaviour. The barriers are there for a very good reason. 

 “As an independent charity, Crimestoppers offers a safe way for people to give information about crime.”

Mr Hunter promised that anyone who gives information will remain 100 per cent anonymous.

“We won’t ask for your personal details – you won’t have to give a statement to police or appear in court,” he said. “We just need to know this man’s name.” 

The reward is valid for three months and will only apply if the information is passed to Crimestoppers.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our non-traceable Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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