East Croydon station ‘security alert’ and evacuation halts Southern Rail services to and from Gatwick
Rail services through East Croydon railway station have been halted due a “security alert”.
Southern Rail1 confirmed all lines were shut at around 7pm on Monday (October 2), including lines to and from Gatwick Airport2. Passengers are advised to avoid the station and travel via alternative routes where possible.
It comes after rail services through Wimbledon railway station were severely disrupted earlier when a passenger “recited Bible verses” and proclaimed “doomsday”3, resulting in a number of passengers fleeing the train.
South Western Railway Wimbledon Incident
Said Southern in a statement: “Due to a security alert at a station between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon, all lines are closed.
“Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 mins . Disruption is expected until 8.30pm.
The station was evacuated on Monday evening (Image: Tom Mackintosh)
“Passengers are advised East Croydon station is currently closed while emergency services deal with an incident at this station .
As a result of this, the station has been evacuated.
“Southern and Thameslink services are currently unable to stop at this station whilst the British Transport Police conduct their investigation.
“Passengers are also advised that services are subject to delays via all London terminals which Serve Southern and Thameslink due to this incident.
“We advise that passengers refrain from travelling via East Croydon further notice.”
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A mum has told the harrowing story of how she witnessed her four-year-old son kill the family’s puppy on footage filmed by their home security camera.
The woman, under the name mummyleah, posted on Mumsnet1 seeking advice from other parents and confessing she believes she “traumatised” her young son. She wrote: “We brought home our beautiful brown puppy seven days ago . Yesterday I found her dead in my back garden.
“I went upstairs to view the CCTV footage of my garden and saw my 4 year old son throw her out of the house, my poor baby instantly broke her back as she landed.”
She recalled how her son “looked a little shocked” before going over to the puppy and freezing for 10 seconds – then running inside the house to tell his six-year-old brother.
They had only had the puppy at home for a week (Image: Oxford Scientific RM)
“They both went outside to see her laid on the ground . My 4 year old grabbed a teddy and tapped our puppy numerous times (maybe trying to wake her) then they both went inside came upstairs to me and said they where going to bed now so they wanted kisses and cuddles (it was 8pm).”
The mum had no idea what had happened and wasn’t aware of the incident until she noticed the puppy was missing and went outside to find her. She discovered the dog’s cold lifeless body outside and gathered her three children – aged nine, six and four – in a room to ask them about it.
“My 4 year old instantly said it was him in a very quiet voice,” she wrote. “I did not deal with his punishment in the correct way .
I have probably traumatised him.
“I shouted at him whilst tears were falling from my eyes as I felt for the puppy not him . He looked very sad with bloodshot eyes, no tears.
She had to gather her kids together to ask what had happened (Image: Getty Images)
“Today he told his school teacher and she has tried to talk to him about the incident.
“Because I did not handle it the best I feel I’ve made my four-year-old emotional messed up.
“Does anyone have any advice on what to say to him or what to do?”
People immediately started blaming her for the tragic incident, questioning why she left her children unsupervised in the first place. One wrote: “I think 4 years old is too young to be able to responsibly play with a puppy and that the only person to blame here is you for not properly supervising them.”
Another said: “You should NEVER leave children alone with dogs . There should be a licence to own them seriously, I despair.”
The thread was posted on a Mumsnet forum (Image: Mumsnet)
The mum defended herself by saying she thought her child would be ok watching TV while the pup played around the living room. Some questioned if her son had “deeper issues”, writing: “I don’t think this will be what messed him up.. .
he’s obviously got issues already, this is not normal.
“I hope you manage to sort this, sorry about your poor little puppy, what a poor baby.”
Mumsnet has since deleted the thread because the argument got so heated.
Emergency changes were being made to MPs’ IT system yesterday after a “cyber security incident”. A high-importance email was sent out by Parliamentary officials warning MPs to remain extra vigilant and look out for suspicious emails or activity . The email, sent just after lunchtime, said: “We are currently investigating a cyber security incident.
“We are going to be making some emergency changes to the IT network which may cause some disruption.”
The email was sent hours after reports that British politicians’ passwords had been traded by Russian hackers.
The Times reported that 1,000 Parliamentary workers’ logins were traded (Photo: Moment RF)
The Times claimed 1,000 MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking hacking sites. Cabinet ministers including Education Secretary Justine Greening and Business Secretary Greg Clark were said to be among the haul. However, a House of Commons spokesman would not confirm whether or not the probe was related to The Times’ report.
Officials also declined to say how many email accounts were affected, when the incident occurred or what it was. The spokesman said: The Houses of Parliament are currently investigating a cyber security incident.
“Like all responsible organisations we have to respond to constantly evolving threats . We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and to prevent unauthorised access to information .
We are working to investigate the incident and will be taking the necessary steps to protect our systems.