A DRUNKEN passenger had to be removed from a train after threatening an employee on board, a court has heard.

Police were asked to meet a train after a Stockton resident threatened one of the people working on board.

Drunken Terrence Collins, 37, was with his wife and sister-in-law on the service from Edinburgh to King’s Cross last November.

The group was arguing among themselves and throwing bottles, some of which smashed on the floor, Peterborough Magistrates’ Court was told during a hearing on Monday.

Fellow passengers complained and when Collins was asked by the train manager to stop, he replied by swearing and threatened to hit him with a bottle, magistrates heard.

The group was then told to leave the train.

“All three people were taken off the train at Peterborough,” said prosecutor Micaila Williams, who told the hearing they were barred from boarding another service.

“Mr Collins has decided that he wouldn’t be leaving the railway station. It’s right to say he was a long way from home,” she added.

Collins told police he could not just walk around Peterborough and wanted to catch another train.

“He said if they wanted him to leave they would have to arrest him, which they duly did,” said Miss Williams.

Collins, of Redcar Road, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour and trespassing on the railway and refusing to quit in the incident at around 7pm on November 13, 2020.

In mitigation, solicitor Tariq Hussain said his client accepted that he was drunk and could not remember speaking to the train manager.

Mr Hussain said the father-of-six – who works as a self-employed builder – had been returning to London where he was staying during lockdown.

“It was a one-off (offence) and won’t be repeated,” he added.

Collins was fined and will have to pay compensation to the train employee.

For using threatening behaviour, Collins was fined £300.

He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the train employee and £119 in costs and surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the trespass offence.