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Train line shut as suspected burglar hides in tree

Southeastern trains were disrupted on Wednesday morning due a burglary suspect hiding in a tree. Credit: ITV News

A suspected burglar has hidden in a tree causing major delays for London commuters.

After being chased by officers and police helicopters following an attempted burglary at a retail park in the early hours of this morning, the suspect climbed the tree near Charlton Station in south east London.

He refused to come down during the morning rush hour, forcing rail operator Southeastern to close the track.

British Transport Police said specialist officers had been sent to try and persuade the man to come down from the tree, which hangs over the London-bound track.

London Ambulance Service are also at the scene of the ongoing incident.

Frustrated commuters used social media to report the unusual cause of the disruption.

One Twitter user claimed a train driver told passengers: "If you look to the right you should be able to see him."

Services were diverted or delayed, and customers were forced to use tickets on buses and the Underground.

"Clearly, while this person remains in the tree, which overhangs the line that runs into London, it wouldn't be safe for us to run trains in the area," a spokesperson for Southeastern said.