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South Western Railway disruption: No arrests made as investigation continues after passengers 'forced open doors and jumped on tracks' outside Wimbledon station

"Passengers evacuated themselves onto the tracks," said a British Transport Police spokesman

An investigation is under way after dozens of passengers forced open train doors and jumped onto the tracks outside Wimbledon railway station to escape a man reciting bible verses.

Witnesses described scenes of panic as commuters scrambled off the London Waterloo bound service on Monday morning (October 2).

A man reportedly caused "fear" and "panic" after he preached about doomsday and homosexuality , just a few stops away from Parsons Green where bucket bomb exploded.

According to British Transport Police (BTP) enquiries into the incident continue, however no arrests have been made.

One South Western Railway (SWR) passenger described how people were "crushed" as they "forced open the doors and jumped on the tracks" in "fear for their lives".

The commuter said the man preached about "homosexuality and sex outside of marriage being a sin" while others claim he warned about "doomsday" and said he was "going to kill everybody" .

Another passenger said there was a "stampede" and people were "jumpy" as it is the "same route the Parsons Green bomber took."

A BTP spokesman told Get Surrey : "We were called at 8.31am today to Wimbledon after reports of a disturbance on a train to Waterloo.

"Passengers evacuated themselves onto the tracks.

"BTP attended and are carrying out enquiries at present.

"No one was injured and no arrests have been made."

Disruption caused by the incident and an earlier points problems affecting platforms seven to 11 at London Waterloo is expected to continue until at least 5pm.

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