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Southern passengers warned of more delays today

Southern Rail passengers should expect more disruption to their journeys today - in spite of drivers returning to work.

Members of the Aslef union have been on strike for 48 hours in protest against driver-only trains.

Southern's owners Govia Thameslink yesterday announced plans to take the union to the Supreme Court.

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Passengers describe initial fear that train fire was bomb

Eileen Harris, 60 was on the train to travel to Tunbridge Wells in Kent when the fire started.

She described the chaos when the fire broke out and how some of those on board initially feared it was a bomb.

Suddenly the doors burst open and a woman ran through shouting there's a bomb on the train, everybody get off. We ran away towards the opposite end of the station because I thought that if there was a bomb, they'd probably take out the concourse. But the staff kept saying to us come back in and we really didn't want to come back through the station, because by then there was thick smoke.

Where the fire was there were big bangs and pops and flashes. And the smoke, the smoke was the worst thing.

– Eileen Harris, passenger

Mrs Harris' 26-year-old son Daniel was travelling with her on the train:

There was fire and lots of thick smoke, so we assumed that there was a bomb ripping through the train. People were running through the train, and my first thought was the reason they're running down the train is because they can't get off. No-one really knew what was going on.

– Daniel Harris, passenger


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£2500 violin stolen on Jubilee train

Stolen violin Credit: British Transport Police

Police are appealing after a £2,500 violin was stolen from a Jubilee line train.

The violin belonged to a 42 year-old musician from Motspur Park who was returning home after performing at a London theatre and boarded the train at Stratford at around 11.45pm on Friday 20th July.

He had four bags with him, including the violin. When he got off the train at Waterloo, just after midnight, he noticed his violin was missing.

Detective Constable Andy Jordan said: “Not only is the violin of considerable financial value but it was also of great sentimental value.

The victim has had the 1880’s violin for 30 years, since he was just 12 years-old. He had described knowing the violin so well, it had become like a good friend.”

The violin is full-sized from a German school from the late 19th century, with the label 'Percy Lee 1936'. It is golden in colour with a wide-striped two-piece backplane with a rippled dent near to the bottom. The tuning peg for the E-string is different to the other pegs.

There was a bow in the case, an octagonal stick with silver winding and leather at the handle.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B5/LUA of 13/09/12.

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