Sunday 19 November 2017

Police in 15-hour stand-off with man 'in precarious position' at busy tube station in London

Specialist negotiators have been engaging with the man
Specialist negotiators have been engaging with the man

Georgina Stubbs

A police stand-off with a "vulnerable" man on an escalator in London's Victoria Station has been taking place for more than 15 hours.

British Transport Police said they were called to the busy Tube and train transport hub at around 4am to reports of a vulnerable man in a precarious position at the top of an escalator.

Since the stand-off began, police said specialist negotiators have been engaging with the man and working to bring him to a place of safety.

Superintendent Christopher Horton said: "Our utmost priority is to ensure a safe resolution and our officers continue to engage with the man to achieve this.

"We'd like to thank the public for their patience during this incident.

"At present, there is no impact to train services however we are aware the station concourse may be busier during the peak periods.

"We advise you check with Southern and Southeastern trains before travelling."

A cordon is in place around the escalator which is close to a number of shops in the station - which has direct services to Gatwick Airport and is served by the strike-ridden train provider, Southern Rail.

A spokesman from Network Rail said the concourse is "partially closed" and is expected to be "very busy this evening".

"Passengers are advised that usual entrances to the station and platforms may be closed," they added.

"Services are expected to run as normal, with extra staff around the station to help with directions.

"Passengers may wish to consider travelling earlier or later or by an alternative route."

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