Armed police called to station ‘incident’
Train evacuated and station cordoned off in railway station scare on Tuesday afternoon
HIGH Wycombe railway station was closed and a train evacuated on Tuesday afternoon as armed officers from Thames Valley Police (TVP) dealt with an unspecified ‘incident’.
Around 10 armed officers were said to have told passengers to ‘move as far away from the station as possible’ and trains were cancelled or delayed by up to an hour.
A police cordon surrounded the station and trains in and out were at a standstill, but both lines reopened at around 4.40pm, an hour after the incident.
Eyewitnesses took to Twitter as news of the evacuation broke.
Graham Muz Muspratt wrote: “The ex 14.40 from MYB evacuated at High Wycombe at 15.16 by armed police, trains stacked down lines approaching in both directions.”
And Jenny Cotterill wrote: “High Wycombe train station has been evacuated, armed police are there and road is closed going into station hope everyone is okay.”
“Railway station evacuated. Police asked people to move away as far as possible from station,” wrote @KAILUA110.
A statement from Chiltern Railways said: “Following the police dealing with an incident near the railway at High Wycombe, all lines have now reopened.
“Train services running through this station are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until 17:00 30/05.”
A spokesman for TVP said: “Thames Valley Police was called to High Wycombe railway station after reports that a man was acting suspiciously at the rear of a train.
“The 2.55pm from London Marylebone to Oxford made an unscheduled stop at High Wycombe railway station, arriving at platform two at about 3.20pm.
“The train was evacuat- ed by Thames Valley Police firearms officers and other passengers were cleared from the platforms.
“Two men were stopped and checked at the scene. Following enquiries, the men have been released. No-one has been arrested or injured and police are now leaving the scene.
“We would like to thank the public for their vigilance and for bringing potential suspicious activities to our attention.”
Pictures of the scene at High Wycombe station on Tuesday afternoon