Man in tree causes major train disruption in south east London

By Rob Virtue on August 13, 2014 9:52 AM |

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A burglary suspect has been up a tree in Charlton since 2am causing major travel disruption ithroughout south-east London.

Police are negotiating with the man, who is believed to be on a tree overhanging the line.

Southeastern has stopped all train services going into London and services heading out are subject to delays and cancellations.

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

"We've arranged for passengers' tickets to be accepted on DLR and buses to get round the incident because the train overhangs the line."

A British Transport Police spokesman said officers were called at 2am to reports of a trespasser on the tracks.

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

"The man is currently still on the scene, and specialist officers are talking to him in order to resolve the situation."