Man detained under Mental Health Act after hoax bomb claim at Charing Cross station
The station in central London was evacuated during rush-hour amid reports of a man on the tracks.
A man who claimed to have a bomb at one of London’s busiest railway stations has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Charing Cross station in central London was evacuated during rush-hour on Friday morning amid reports of a man on the tracks.
British Transport Police (BTP) have since described the incident shorty after 6.30am as a hoax and said a 38-year old man is being held under the Mental Health Act.
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.— British Transport Police (@BTP) June 22, 2018
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BTP specialist firearms officers attended alongside the Metropolitan Police, and the station was evacuated and remained closed for around 90 minutes.
BTP said they “would like to thank passengers and rail staff for their patience and understanding during this incident”.
No-one was injured, the Metropolitan Police said.