June 22, 2018 / 6:40 AM / 5 months ago

British police arrest man claiming to have a bomb at London rail station

Emergency vehicles, with lights flashing stand outside Charing Cross Station in London, Britain, June 22, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media. COURTESY CECILIA ROCHE /via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Friday they had arrested a man at London’s Charing Cross railway station who claimed he had a bomb.

“A man claiming to have a bomb at #CharingCross station has now been arrested,” British Transport Police said. “We are now working to reopen the station as soon as possible.”

Footage on social media showed a large police presence including armed officers at the station which handles services to the capital from southeast England.

Britain is on currently on its second highest threat level of “severe”, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

Reporting by Michael Holden, Editing by Paul Sandle

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