Northampton railway station evacuated after people spotted near tracks with ‘air weapons’

Northampton railway station was evacuated this afternoon after people were spotted with "air weapons" near the line.

Northampton railway station was evacuated this afternoon after people were spotted with "air weapons" near the line.

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An evacuation of Northampton train station was triggered this afternoon after a group of people were spotted firing air weapons in a nearby park.

Northamptonshire Police was called to the station on Black Lion Hill at 3.35pm after a train driver witnessed people in an “adjacent park” to the train station firing what appeared to be guns.

The station was evacuated by the British transport Police as a precaution and the force helicopter scrambled.

Early reports by train operator, London Midland, were that police were searching for “four trespassers on the line.”

Trains were prevented from coming in and out of the station, causing lengthy delays and another Twitter user took to social media to say an “armed man” standing on the rail line by the station “trying to shoot at the train I was on.”

But inspections by Northamptonshire police officers of the adjacent park found a number of cans, which had been used as targets for air weapons.

A spokesman for the force said the search has now been called off and commuters have been allowed back onto the platform.

In the last few minutes London Midland has reported trains are running again, though many services have been delayed due to the line being closed for over an hour.