Police 'threatened to arrest stranded train passengers'

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The Independent Online

A rail company is to review its treatment of passengers after thousands of commuters were stranded on trains for hours after vandals damaged a signal cable.

South West Trains promised the review after at least 60 services suffered severe delays. Some passengers spent so long waiting for a train to move that they got out and walked half a mile to Woking station.

Among them was Emma Firth, who is eight months pregnant who said the train remained stationary for two and three-quarter hours: "We saw a Network Rail employee who was very helpful, shining his torch to help us, and we were then approached by a British Transport Police officer who threatened us with arrest, asking for our details and implying we were trespassing. But what could we do?"