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22nd Jun 2018

Man claiming to have a bomb arrested at Charing Cross station

Armed police detained the man in central London this morning

Oli Dugmore

Armed police detained the man in central London this morning

Armed police have arrested a man claiming to have a bomb on the tracks at Charing Cross station this morning, in central London.

The 38-year-old was detained under the Mental Health Act and no weapon was found.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

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British Transport Police were called to Charing Cross Underground station at 6.35am today after receiving reports of a man on the tracks claiming to have a bomb.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police specialist firearms officers also attended. The underground station was evacuated as a precautionary measure and a cordon was put in place whilst officers dealt with the incident.

A 38-year old man was detained by officers and has been held under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and taken to a place of safety.

Scotland Yard said they assisted the¬†British Transport Police following a report of a man “acting suspiciously,” and that the station was evacuated as a precaution.

The northern line was re-opened at¬†around 8.30am, and it is understood the station’s overground was largely unaffected and remains open.