22nd Jul, 2019

False alarm over potential firearm briely closes Foregate Street

Joshua Godfrey 12th Jun, 2017 Updated: 12th Jun, 2017

CONCERNS a passenger was carrying a gun forced the evacuation of Worcester Foregate Street station

A member of the public called the police at 3.47pm with concerns about a man on the train who they thought may have been carrying a firearm.

Supt Kevin Purcell said: “Officers, including armed officers, quickly attended Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station, and although a 22 year-old man has been detained, no weapon has been found and it is believed the call, made with good intent by the member of public, was a false alarm.

“We do encourage the public to report any concerns and we are grateful to the caller that we were able to ensure there were no issues.

“We understand the brief closure of the railway station may have caused delays to people on their way home today and we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we responded to ensure there was no risk to the public.”

Train services at Worcester’s Foregate Street station are now running again following the incident.

London Midland have though warned services are still subject to delays, cancellations and alteration.

In a statement, London Midland said: “Following an earlier incident services through Worcester Foregate Street are now able to run, but may be subject to delays, cancellation and alteration.

“Road transport has been ordered to run between Worcester Foregate Street and Hereford, Bromsgrove and Longbridge and between Hereford and Worcester Stations.

“Coaches are being operated by AJK Travel and are expected at Worcester Foregate Street at 5.30pm.

“16 seater vehicles are being operated by Five Star and are expected at Bromsgrove at 5.40pm.”

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