Bomb-scare delays rail services in Chichester

Train services had to be cancelled or delayed at Chichester and Emsworth after a bomb-scare.

Havant train station was evacuated at around 5.30pm yesterday (January 26) after reports of a person with a bomb on an arriving train.

Armed officers from Hampshire Constabulary and British Transport Police had stopped the 4.12pm Southampton Central to London Victoria service in Havant after passengers on-board heard a man talking about a bomb. Officers stopped and searched the train, but no devices were found.

Many rail passengers left the Chichester station and were provided with an alternative bus route to Portsmouth. Two services had to be cancelled and another was hugely delayed.

A 25-year-old man from Malta, who was in the third coach, was arrested on suspicion of communicating a bomb hoax and for public order offences. The man has been bailed and is due to return to Southampton police station on Saturday, March 24.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport P on 0800 405040 quoting incident number 39 of January 26. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.