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Rail delays between Kent and London after man on roof drama at Chatham

Rail services remain subject to delays this morning following disruption caused by a man walking on the roof of Chatham railway station.

The 7am service from Sheerness to Victoria has been cancelled while others may run with fewer carriages than normal.

Video: A man has been spotted walking along the bridge and on roofs at Chatham railway station

The drama began on Monday night, when Southeastern Railway tweeted: "We have been made aware that the emergency services are dealing with an incident in the Chatham area.

"We are working with our staff, Network Rail staff and the emergency services to get the line open as soon as possible."

One eye witness said she saw 10 police cars, fire service and British Transport Police (BTP) officers at the scene.

Kim Young said: "There's a man on the roof walking up and down one of the buildings.

Hundreds of people can be seen outside Chatham Railway Station after a man was spotted on the bridge. Picture: Kim Young
Hundreds of people can be seen outside Chatham Railway Station after a man was spotted on the bridge. Picture: Kim Young

"The roads shut from the bus stop from the roundabout up to the train station.

"He's walking up and down the roof and shouting. They have closed the area."

Hundreds of people have been pictured standing outside the station as emergency services deal with the incident.

BTP spokesman Matthew Woodhouse said: “At 3.20pm officers were called to Chatham station following the concern for a welfare of a man.

"Officers are currently on scene and are working to bring this incident to a safe resolution.”

Just after 5.30pm the police tape was lifted and people were allowed back in to the station.

It's the third incident at Medway train stations in a week, after a woman died after being hit by a train on Wednesday and a man was hit by a train at the weekend.

A man has been seen walking along the bridge and on a roof near Chatham Railway Station. Picture: Kim Young
A man has been seen walking along the bridge and on a roof near Chatham Railway Station. Picture: Kim Young

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