Armed po­lice called to sta­tion ‘in­ci­dent’

Train evac­u­ated and sta­tion cor­doned off in rail­way sta­tion scare on Tues­day af­ter­noon

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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: Twit­ter/@M8tr1x

Pic­tures of the scene at High Wy­combe sta­tion on Tues­day af­ter­noon

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