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North Greenwich Tube device suspect charged

Police around North Greenwich
Image caption North Greenwich station was closed for several hours and Jubilee Line trains were disrupted

A 19-year-old man has been charged after a suspicious device was blown up in a controlled explosion at a London Tube station.

Damon Smith, of south-east London, has been accused of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life.

North Greenwich station was evacuated last Thursday morning after a suspicious item was found on a train.

Mr Smith is due before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

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Image caption The station, which serves the O2 Arena, was evacuated at about 11:00 BST on Thursday

The Met said the charge he faces also includes intent to cause serious injury to property.

Mr Smith is alleged to have made or acquired the substance between 18 October and 21 October, in contravention of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

The south-east London station was closed until 18:50, with disruption caused to the Jubilee line throughout the day.

A concert featuring Canadian rock band Nickelback still went ahead at the O2 Arena in the evening despite the travel problems.

Image caption There was disruption on the Jubilee line throughout the day

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