A Brexit protester has been jailed for blocking trains running between London and France, causing disruption costing more than £ 1m.

Terry Maher, 44, climbed on top of a tunnel near St Pancras International Station in March – the month

He was carrying a St George flag, power banks for his phone and warm clothing.

British Transport Police undated handout photo of Terry Maher who has been jailed after he is more than 1 million worth of disruption by blocking trains running between London, Kent and France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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Terry Maher was more than £ 1m worth of disruption

A total of 88 train services were canceled and up to 22,000 holidaymakers, travelers and commuters were hit by his 13-hour demonstration.

It stopped high-speed trains traveling to Kent in the South East and France, leaving some international passengers stranded overnight in London.

Maher, from Camden, north London, was found guilty of malicious obstruction of the railway and was sentenced to jail on Monday.

After the sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court, Detective Sergeant Dean Percival said Maher's protests had been called "the single most expensive incident in the history of high-speed railway in Britain".

Mr Percival added: "However, not only did it cost the rail industry, it cost thousands of commuters and holidaymakers their time, significantly delaying their journeys and leaving them stranded at desperate for the situation to be resolved.

"Maher's selfish actions profoundly impacted the day-to-day lives of the public.

"That impact is what he brought to court to answer for."