Parsons Green tube: 'explosion’ reported on train in west London

Met Police Car

The tube service has been partially suspended in west London after reports of an explosion at Parsons Green underground station.

A Transport for London spokeswoman said the District line had been suspended between Earls Court and Wimbledon due to a security alert.

Parsons Green

The Metropolitan and British Transport police forces, including armed officers, were at the scene, along with the London ambulance service, though none was immediately able to provide further details on what had happened.

One witness said there were injuries at the station after a “stampede” of passengers.

Media technology consultant Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, was sitting on the District line train bound for central London at about 8.20am when he said panic unfolded around him.

“Suddenly there was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming,” he said. “There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off.”

An image from a Twitter user of the device on the train Parsons Green Tube
An image from a Twitter user of an alleged device on the train at Parsons Green tube. Photograph: @RRigs

He added: “I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets. Some people got pushed over and trampled on. I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews.”

A reporter from London’s Metro newspaper reported seeing people with facial burns.

 

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Kevin Rawlinson, for theguardian.com on Friday 15th September 2017 09.26 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

 

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