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Dagenham’s Francis ‘sentenced for Grand Theft Auto scene’

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Kieron Francis

Dagenham’s Kieron Francis, 36, of Fossway, RM8, was handed a 10 year prison term for a range of offences related to endangering life, when he intentionally drove the wrong way on railway tracks.

Police were notified of a stolen Land Rover travelling from Essex to Hertfordshire, and when it was eventually located in Cheshunt Essex Police officers attempted to engage the driver.

Kieron Francis then sped off, injuring two officers and causing damage to several vehicles in its attempts to flee. Hertforshire officers then assisted with the search effort and the Land Rover was found abandoned on nearby train tracks, causing 66 train services to be cancelled as a result.

Kieron Francis drove onto railway tracks
Eyewitnesses were “gobsmacked”

He had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, two offences of criminal damage, unlawfully driving on the railway tracks, assaulting an emergency worker and abandoning the Discovery. He also admitted having no insurance.

Francis also previously pled guilty to supplying crack and heroin in Braintree between Jan-July of 2021 while spearheading a drug line in the town.

An eyewitness said he was left “gobsmacked” by what he saw.

“It was like a scene from Grand Theft Auto, the video game,” he said.

Defending at St Albans Crown Court, his counsel Chantel Gaber said: “He has mental health and learning difficulties. He suffers anxiety and depression and is in constant pain after an accident.”

Recorder Eason Rajah KC told Francis: “You deliberately drove through closed crossing barriers. You knew when you did so you were endangering the lives of countless people.

“It is just luck nobody was seriously injured or killed that day. It is only the speed with which the railway was shut down that prevented a serious accident.”

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