Charing Cross Station On Lockdown After Man Claims To Have A Bomb

Steven Hopkins

A London tube station was on lockdown during Friday rush hour after a man on the tracks claimed to have a bomb.

Commuters are being advised to avoid Charing Cross station which has been “evacuated as a precaution” and remains closed. 

British Transport Police (BTP) said it was called to the station at 6.35am after “receiving reports of a man on the tracks claiming to have a bomb” and specialist firearms officers attending along with the Metropolitan Police.

At 7.47am the Met tweeted to say a man had been arrested at the scene by BTP and that no one had been injured. 

It earlier said the man had been “acting suspiciously”.

A BTP spokesman later added that the arrested man, 38, was being “held under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and taken to a place of safety”. 

The man was searched by specialist officers, it said, “and no bomb or weapon was found”.

“We are now working to reopen the station as soon as possible would like to thank passengers and rail staff for their patience and understanding during this incident,” the Met said on Twitter shortly before 8am.  

Police dogs and fire engines remain at the scene which has been cordoned off. 

The incident comes days after a man was arrested over an explosion at Southgate Underground station that left five people injures and passengers fleeing in mass panic.

A 23-year-old man was later held by police on suspicion of “doing an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property”.

British Transport Police said on Wednesday that the small blast at the Tube station in north London was believed to have been caused by a faulty drill battery.