A suspected burglar is trying to evade police by perching in a tree overhanging a railway line - causing major disruption for London commuters.
The strong-willed fugitive climbed the tree near Charlton station in south-east London in the early hours of this morning and is refusing to come down.
He had been chased by police after an attempted burglary at a nearby retail park shortly before 2am in a pursuit involving the Metropolitan Police helicopter.
British Transport Police sent specialist officers to try to persuade him to come down from the tree near Barney Close, but rail operator Southeastern was forced to close the track.
Southeastern says that the tree overhangs the London-bound track and so it is not safe to run services while the man refuses to come down, although trains out of London are able to run normally after an initial closure.