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Witnesses needed after train bomb hoax

PUBLISHED: 15:26 01 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:02 01 September 2010

British Transport police officer

British Transport police officer

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A man has been released on police bail after being arrested for allegedly threatening to set off explosives on a packed train.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident on a Hayes bound train on Tuesday August 24 at around 9pm.

The train left Charing Cross at around 8.47pm but between London Bridge and New Cross a man began shouting a series of hoax bomb threats.

Concerned passengers were scared for their safety and called the police. A 43-year-old man from Catford was arrested near New Cross station and released on bail until September 28 pending further enquiries.

Police Constable Tim Weekes said: “From our enquiries so far we know that the train was very busy at the time and that this incident could have been witnessed by a large number of people.

“Bomb hoaxes place an immense strain on emergency services, diverting valuable and much-needed resources away from other incidents. We are continuing to make local enquiries into this incident and ask anyone with information that could assist the investigation to get in touch.”

Call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 with information.

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