One of central London’s main train stations was closed this morning due to a man with a suspected bomb.
The closure at Charing Cross station, close to Trafalgar Square in the centre of London’s West End, happened at 0635 this morning as a man was discovered ‘behaving strangely’ on the tracks at Charing Cross underground station and claiming to have a bomb. Both the mainline and underground stations were closed and thousands of people were evacuated, causing some disruption to rush hour commuters. Charing Cross station is one of the busiest in London.
British Transport police and armed police attended the scene and arrested a 38 year-old man under the Mental Health Act and escorted him to a place of safety.
He was found to be unarmed with no weapon. Both stations were re-opened and services are now running normally. According to reports there was no panic and commuters seemed curious rather than concerned.