Man arrested after six-hour stand-off closes railway line

Police have made an arrest after a six-hour stand-off with a man seen on a railway track.

Emergency services were at the scene of the incident near Knighton Lane East, in the Knighton area of the city, throughout the day after the alarm was raised shortly before 8.30am.

Rail services to and from London were “significantly disrupted”, with the man reportedly climbing on top of a stationary goods wagon.

He was led away in handcuffs at about 2.30pm.

A number of police officers gathered in the grounds of the nearby Sir Jonathan North School and a footpath near the school was taped off to prevent people getting to the scene of the incident.

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said the man was reported to be on the line near Knighton Lane East at 8.20am and there had been concern for his welfare.

Rail services were stopped to allow emergency services to speak to the man, she said.

British Transport Police (BTP), led the operation and its officers took the man into custody.

A BTP spokesman said: “British Transport Police were called to the line near Leicester following reports of a trespasser.

“Officers attended, and the trespasser was removed from the line. He has since been arrested for obstructing the railway.”

An East Midlands Railway spokesman said: “As a result of the trespass incident near Leicester earlier today, our services to and from London have been significantly disrupted.

“We are now able to call at Leicester and Market Harborough and a reduced timetable will be operating on our London route for the remainder of the day.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to passengers.

“Due to the reduced timetable currently in operation, ticket restrictions have been relaxed and customers with Advance tickets can travel earlier or later if they wish to.

“If their overall journey has been delayed by more than 15 minutes, they may be entitled to claim compensation.

“Full details of how to claim can be found here. If passengers are unable or do not wish to complete their journey today, they may claim a refund on their ticket.

“Information about how to do this can be found here

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News