Man arrested over Kentish Town Tube push incident

Emergency services at Kentish Town Image copyright Benjamin Till
Image caption Emergency services were called to the station just before 12:00 GMT

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after reports a person was pushed into the path of a London Underground train.

The commuter was badly injured after he was struck at Kentish Town station in north London on Wednesday.

British Transport Police (BTP) said a 29-year-old from Colindale, north-west London, was detained after he voluntarily attended a police station.

He is currently in custody and being questioned by officers.

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Image caption A man is being questioned over the incident at Kentish Town station

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The passenger was treated at the scene by London Ambulance staff before he was taken "as a priority" to a hospital in central London. His condition is not known.

After the incident, witness Verity Slattery tweeted: "I feel physically sick... in utter shock and disbelief. I just hope the guy will be OK. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."

Safety gates

Image caption Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan said he would be more wary on Tube platforms in future

Commuters at the station told the BBC earlier the incident was probably a "one-off" but they would exercise more caution when using the underground.

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, said: "It will probably make me change the way I behave on the platform. I think [gates] on the Jubilee Line would be a good idea. It makes it a lot safer."

Image caption Claire Turmel said she would possibly stand further back on the platform following the incident on Wednesday

"When it happened we were quite shocked and appalled," said Claire Turmel, 29, who works on a nearby coffee stall. "Maybe I will stand a bit further back on the platform than usual. I think it's a one in a million."

However, others said little could be done to prevent a similar situation happening.

Image caption Chris Wyburd said a similar situation could occur as easily on the road

Sales consultant Chris Wyburd, 52, said: "It's like everything - standing in front of a zebra crossing someone might push you. Are you going to put barriers everywhere?"

Mark Young, 55, vicar at St Andrew Holborn, who has lived in the area for eight years, said: "These things happen living in a city mixed up with all sorts of people. There are bound to be people who are maybe unwell.

"They are in the midst."

Image caption Mark Young said 'these things happen' in a city with so many people

Sally Keable has worked on a nearby fruit and vegetable stall for 10 years. Asked if she would change her travel habits, she said: "You are more likely to get pushed on the tracks at Oxford Circus during the Christmas rush."

BTP confirmed a 29-year-old man from Colindale, London, is being questioned over the incident.

Image caption Sally Keable said rumours flew around that a bomb had gone off following the incident

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