Greenwich train disruption continues as suspected burglar remains in tree for 14 hours

By Rob Virtue on August 13, 2014 3:55 PM |

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Train chaos across south-east London is set to continue into rush-hour with a man refusing to come down from a tree in Charlton.

The line between Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal has seen Kent-bound trains suspended as the tree is hanging over the train line.

Police are negotiating with the man, a suspected burglar, who is believed to have climbed the tree at 2am.

Trains travelling along the route towards London are running with delays.

The incident was still ongoing at 4pm and it was likely it would have a major impact on the evening rush-hour.

A BTP spokesman said: "Our officers were called to a trespass incident near Charlton station at 2am on August 13, after reports of a man on the tracks.

"Colleagues from the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service are also in attendance."

A spokeswoman for Southeastern trains said: "It's having quite a big impact. Diversions and cancellations are in place on the route through Woolwich Arsenal and Charlton."

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