Saturday 18 November 2017

London Tube station closed as police swoop on 'man with knife'

Knife seized during the incident at Acton Town Tube Station. Picture: @MPSActonCentral
Knife seized during the incident at Acton Town Tube Station. Picture: @MPSActonCentral
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A London Tube station was closed this evening after commuters reported seeing a man with a knife, just hours after today's bucket bomb alert.

Police stopped the man who was carrying a large weapon shortly after 7pm at Acton Town Station.

Acton Central Police took to Twitter to apologise for the closure.

They wrote: "We are sorry that trains had to be delayed but I think most people will realise this could not be ignored."

The police force later posted an image of the knife that was seized inside some form of plastic tube.

"PC Dave and PC Chim just stopped male identified on tube with a knife. Positive stop knife 'for my own protection'."

Meanwhile Detectives are scouring CCTV and examining witness statements for potential leads following the earlier terror attack in London.

An explosion at Parsons Green underground station in the west of the capital injured passengers and led to a "major incident" being declared.

Yet more people were hurt during the crush to leave the train, witnesses said.

Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level to the highest possible rating, meaning another attack is expected imminently.

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