Bomb scare on-board Havant-bound train

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HAVANT train station was evacuated last night after reports of a person with a bomb on an arriving train.

Armed officers from Hampshire Constabulary and British Transport Police and stopped the 4.12pm Southampton Central to London Victoria service in Havant after passengers on-board heard a man talking about a bomb.

They had evacuated the station at 5.30pm, before its arrival.

One passenger on-board called police from a mobile phone at 4.50pm yesterday.

Officers stopped and searched the train, but no devices were found.

The 25-year-old man from Malta, who was in the third coach, was arrested on suspicion of communicating a bomb hoax and for public order offences.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We can confirm that at 5.03pm last night, we were contacted by British Transport Police after reports of a passenger talking about a bomb.

‘Officers from Hampshire Constabulary immediately deployed to Havant railway station where the train had been stopped.

‘A containment was put around the train and platform, whilst officers boarded the train with colleagues from British Transport Police and arrested the man.

‘Following a search, we can confirm he was not in possession of explosives.

‘He was taken into custody and the scene made safe.

‘Both armed and unarmed officers were in attendance.’

The man has been bailed and is due to return to Southampton police station on Saturday, March 24.

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: ‘Passengers contacted police after a man was heard talking about a bomb.

‘The incident, which was reported at 4.50pm, was also attended by officers from Hampshire Constabulary.

‘The area was searched and no devices were found. A 25-year-old man from Malta was arrested on suspicion of communicating a bomb hoax and for public order offences.’

Anyone with information should contact BTP on 0800 405040 quoting incident number 39 of January 26. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.