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Passengers forced to hide in driver’s cabin after knifeman gets on board

Terrified passengers ran into the driver’s cabin after a man armed with a knife boarded a train this afternoon.

Armed officers arrived at Queens Road Peckham Railway Station, after the man, believed to be in his 50s, went into a carriage on the Southern Railways service to London Bridge at around 12.20pm.

He has since been detained under the mental health act and there are no reports of any injuries to members of the public or officers.

A Twitter user on board the train wrote: ‘The driver of my @SouthernRailUK train to London bridge this afternoon handled the situation of a trespasser with a knife boarding the train so well!

‘I applaud his calmness & making sure everyone was okay. He allowed a few of us to hide in his carriage as it did escalate.’

As officers arrived on the scene, the man had left in a car, according to a Met Police statement.

After finding the car nearby, they found the driver running along railway lines to Queens Road Peckham Railway Station, where he was arrested.

It is believed the man was having a mental health crisis and has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘A man has been detained after he boarded a train while in possession of a knife.

‘Officers were called at 12:20hrs on Tuesday, 18 February to an address in Queens Road, SE15.

‘A man was reported to be at the location armed with a knife and having a mental health crises.’

London Ambulance Service also attended the scene.

Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith from the Central South Command Unit said: ‘This incident highlights the challenges that police officers confront on a daily basis.

‘I am very proud of the courage and determination of all the officers involved, and pleased that their work helped ensure no member of the public suffered any harm.’