Rail Worker Who Took Vehicle Had Suffered A Breakdown and Lost The Plot

A NETWORK Rail worker lost his job after taking a company vehicle from the Ely depot without permission. And on Thursday Bryan Machin was fined �100 by city magistrates, and was ordered to pay �60 costs and a �15 surcharge after admitting the offence. The

A NETWORK Rail worker lost his job after taking a company vehicle from the Ely depot without permission.

And on Thursday Bryan Machin was fined �100 by city magistrates, and was ordered to pay �60 costs and a �15 surcharge after admitting the offence.

The 41-year-old production officer, of Fulbridge Road, Peterborough, took the vehicle on May 4. He was seen on CCTV as he moved among vehicles, and then went into a temporary building to collect a key before driving off.

Mitigating, Julie Murtagh said it was usual for members of staff to use a van if they were on call, or working an early shift.


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Machin had been due to work the day after he took the van from the Ely depot. But he could not face work, so he dropped the van at a Network Rail depot in Whittlesey.

She said Machin had suffered something like a nervous break down; he had made a serious suicide attempt, and had "lost the plot.

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