Arrest after 'man pulls machete from bag' at Hitchin railway station

PUBLISHED: 10:03 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 30 January 2018

Hitchin railway station, where the incident is alleged to have taken place.

Hitchin railway station, where the incident is alleged to have taken place.


Trains were unable to call at Hitchin railway station last night after reports a man had pulled a machete or sword out of his bag.

A 55-year-old man from Cambridge has been arrested and remains in custody after the incident, which National Rail confirmed meant trains were temporarily unable to access the station.

A witness said the man pulled out the blade on the 8.36pm train to London King’s Cross.

About 20 minutes later, Stuart Alexander tweeted: “Drunk person with knife at Hitchin station. Avoid for now. Police here dealing with it.”

Paul Williams, another Twitter user, posted: “What’s going on outside of Hitchin going north? Train stopped for an emergency apparently. Other trains going north still.”

Alexander Griffin replied: “Man with a knife on board. Seven police cars outside the station.”

National Rail tweeted at 8.58pm: “Trains are currently unable to call at Hitchin due to the emergency services dealing with an incident.”

A British Transport Police spokesman told the Comet this morning: “We were called to Hitchin station at 8.38pm to reports that a man was in possession of a machete.

“We attended alongside Hertfordshire Police, who arrested a man.

“The 55-year-old from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article in a public place, possession of cannabis, a section five public order offence and assaulting a constable.

“He is currently in police custody.”

Nobody was injured during the incident.

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