A police helicopter was tasked to a search after a report of a trespasser on the railway tracks near Margate station tonight (April 19).
Southeastern says the power to the line had to be turned off at around 7.45pm and then again at around 8.40pm as emergency services needed to return to the track to deal with the incident. A replacement bus was running between Ramsgate and Herne Bay.
UPDATE: The power has been switched back on at #Margate now, and trains are running through the area again. Trains may still be delayed through the area following the trespasser on the line earlier
— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) April 19, 2020
Power is now back on although there are still some delays to services.
A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called just after 7pm on Sunday, April 19 to Margate Railway Station to assist BTP officers with a disturbance.”
A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “BTP received a report at 7.12pm of a man being abusive towards members of rail staff at Margate station. He then entered the tracks and is reported to have begun walking towards Westgate.
“Officers attended and carried out a search of the surrounding area, however he was not found. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”