Arrest after 'man pulls machete from bag' at Hitchin railway station
PUBLISHED: 10:03 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 30 January 2018
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.