A British Rail station manager who was drunk in charge of St Davids station in Exeter, Devon, became the first person to be prosecuted under the Transport and Work Act 1992. William Midson, 45, admitted being drunk while in control of train movements, and drink-driving. The town's magistrates fined him pounds 260 for each offence and banned him from driving for 18 months.
We have been asked to point out that in a story headlined 'Railman fined'on page 2 of the Independent on 26 February we erroneously referred to William Midson as a station manager at St Davids, Exeter. He is in fact a rail operator grade 2.