Friday 23 March 2018

Teenager charged over suspicious item found at North Greenwich Tube station

North Greenwich tube station Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
North Greenwich tube station Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Thomas Hornall

A teenager has been charged on suspicion of making or possessing an explosive substance following the discovery of a suspicious item on a Tube last week.

Damon Smith, 19, from south east London, has been charged over the incident at North Greenwich underground station last Thursday, Scotland Yard said.

He is due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

Smith is charged with unlawfully and maliciously making or possessing an explosive substance with an intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, the Met said.

He is alleged to have made or acquired the substance between October 18 and October 21 contrary to section 3(1)(b) Explosive Substances Act 1883.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the device, which was reportedly handed to the Tube driver and possibly had wires and a clock.

Smith was arrested by armed police last Friday on Holloway Road in North London.

Last Saturday, another device was discovered at an address in Devon leading to evacuations, however it was found to be not viable.

The Met police has said more officers, including armed police, would be seen around "transport hubs" to reassure those with safety concerns.

In a statement, the Met said: "Officers continue to encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert at all times, and report anything suspicious to police."

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