UK train halted as man stabbed and air ambulance lands on bridge

An air ambulance landed on a bridge over tracks after a "serious assault on a train" that saw a man stabbed.

Hartford Railway Station in Cheshire was the scene of the madness as the 15:33 from Liverpool to Birmingham came to an abrupt halt in the village.

Two men reportedly clashed on the train and police rushed to the scene just after 4pm as an air ambulance perched itself on the bridge over the station.

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A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 4pm to reports of a stabbing on a train at Hartford Station.

“The incident, which involved two men, is being dealt with by British Transport Police.

“Cheshire Police officers are in attendance to assist with road closures and Chester Road is currently closed.

“The North West Air Ambulance is also in attendance.”

National Rail reported disruption to services in the area, although it is not known if these are directly related to the incident.

Avanti West Coast services between Edinburgh / Glasgow Central / Blackpool North / Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston are affected, Northwich and Winsford Guardian reported.

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Also impacted are London Northwestern Railway services between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham New Street.

National Rail's website states: "Emergency services are dealing with an incident between Warrington Bank Quay / Runcorn and Crewe resulting in some lines being blocked.

"As a result, trains may be cancelled, diverted or delayed by up to 30 minutes.

"This is expected until 6.30pm."

Lines have since reopened, as confirmed by National Rail.

Northwich Police confirmed that Chester Road in Hartford is currently closed.

"Chester Road in Hartford is currently closed while we assist our colleagues from British Transport Police with a serious assault on a train at Hartford Station," they said.

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