British police said on Friday they have arrested a man under the Mental Health Act at London’s Charing Cross railway station who claimed to have a bomb. In a tweet today, British Transport Police said, “We’ve detained a man under the Mental Health Act after he claimed to have a bomb at Charing Cross station, London. He was searched by specialist officers and no bomb or weapon was found.” The station has now been reopened.
Footage on social media showed a large police presence, including armed officers, at the station which handles services to the capital from southeast England.
However, London Charing Cross terminal in a tweet has clarified that the railway station was not evacuated at any point despite media reports stating this and the issue was with the LUL station. It said that the services were not disrupted and continue to run normally.
Please note, our rail station was not evacuated at any point this morning despite media reports stating this- the issue was with the LUL station. @Se_Railway were not disrupted and continue to run normally. https://t.co/JAUSkiIRNG
— London Charing Cross (@NetworkRailCHX) June 22, 2018
Britain is currently on its second highest threat level of “severe”, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.
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