Essex

Chalkwell gardeners cause rail delays

Two gardeners have been warned about the "dangers" of the railway, after they were seen pruning trees from the side of a track in Essex.

Rail operator c2c said London-bound trains were delayed on Monday morning when the residents were spotted inside a boundary fence in Chalkwell.

Network Rail staff were sent to talk to the pair, who were "cutting back vegetation to the rear of a property".

Normal service was resumed soon afterwards.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said two people were "warned of the dangers of encroaching on the railway" following the incident at about 11:00 GMT.

Trains were delayed by eight minutes, c2c said via Twitter.

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