Police hunt for angle grinder thieves

Detectives have released dramatic CCTV footage which shows thieves smashing into railway ticket machines with angle grinders and pickaxes.

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Camping gas cylinder mistaken for bomb

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It's been revealed what was thought to be a World War II bomb was actually a camping gas canister, according to British Transport Police.

All services in and out of Victoria station were halted earlier, after construction workers unearthed what they thought was an unexploded shell. Services are still delayed following a full evacuation of the station while investigations were carried out.

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Long delays at Victoria after security alert

Long delays are being reported after a security alert forced the closure of Victoria station earlier today. All passengers were evacuated and services stopped when workmen on a building site nearby reported finding an unexploded World War II bomb.

Police and firefighters were called and cordoned off the scene. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson has since confirmed the item was 'non suspicious'. Passengers are being warned to expect delays:

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@networkrailvic Victoria station now reopened. Due to the closure delays of up to 30 minutes on @southernrailuk and 15 minutes @firstcc.

Incident at Victoria 'stood down'

Police say an item found by builders near Victoria station earlier today was 'non-suspicious' and the incident has now been 'stood down'. All services in and out of the station were stopped earlier today when builders nearby reported unearthing an unexploded World War II shell.

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Incident is #SW1 near #VictoriaStation now stood down. Item found by builders was non-suspicious.

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Security alert shuts down Victoria station

Passengers have been evacuated from Victoria Station because of a security alert.

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Because of a security alert at #Victoria all lines into the station will be blocked. 1/2 #southeastern

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London Underground, Southern & High speed will accept ticket holders on all reasonable routes. 2/2 #southeastern

Public warned not to approach ticket machine thieves

Detectives investigating a series of raids on railway station ticket offices have warned the public not to approach anyone stealing from machines. CCTV footage has been released showing men smashing into the vending machines using angle grinders and pickaxes.

Detectives are trying to trace those involved, but say anyone who sees something suspicious should contact British Transport Police rather than approach the gang as they are likely to be armed.

Detective Constable Nick Thompson, leading the investigation said it's believed all the attacks were down to the same gang. He added:

The money stolen in these attacks really does pale into insignificance when you consider the cost of the damage – which is estimated as thirty-three times the value of the cash taken. These thefts haven’t just hit the rail industry financially, they’ve also caused disruption and inconvenience to passengers, with ticket machines taken out of service for repairs.

– Detective Constable Nick Thompson
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