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Goats ‘not sorry’ for disrupting rail services

Animals broke out of Kentish Town City Farm

13 June, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Ronnie was described as ‘ringleader’

NAUGHTY goats feel no remorse after breaking out of Kentish Town City Farm and causing delays to rail passengers.

Ronnie the “ringleader”, Hope and kid Rosie pushed through Cressfield Close farm’s railings on Friday morning and started chewing vegetation on the Network Rail embankment.

The line was shut leading to delays – but a sign has gone up at the farm from the goats saying: “Sorry not sorry”.

Farm coordinator Mel Roberts said: “They were discovered by our nightwatchman Terry Child on his morning round. With assistance from East Midlands Driver Matt Fielding and other members of local staff, they were returned to safety as trains were held up to prevent injuries.”

Mr Child, the farm’s night watchman who lives in a house on the farm, took off his belt and used it as a lead to bring Ronnie back. Train drivers had stopped trains and offered up their lunchtime apples to help.

It came a day after managers summoned staff in for redundancy meetings as part of a cost-saving restructure.

Formal redundancy notices that were supposed to be sent out yesterday (Wednesday) have been delayed due to ongoing negotiations.

On Sunday, the farm animals appeared at the Islip Street Play Street fun day in Kentish Town and on Sunday there was an open day at the farm.

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