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Eurostar cancels all trains to and from London after trespasser on tracks

Eurostar has suspended all services coming in and out of St Pancras International station after a protester made his way on to the roof wrapped in a St George’s Cross.

A photo posted to Twitter appeared to show a man on top of the roof draped in a St George’s Cross.

The intrusion also caused delays to Southeastern services, who said in a statement that services had to be brought to a stop as “the overhead wires can not be recharged”.

Southeastern said on Twitter: “High Speed trains will not run to and from St Pancras due to the ongoing trespass incident just outside the station.

“The person is above the High Speed lines and as such the overhead wires can not be recharged.”

Passengers on Southeastern services were advised to travel to Victoria or Charing Cross rather than St Pancras.

A spokesman for National Rail said: “The trespasser just outside London St Pancras International is still on the railway viaduct that crosses the high speed lines just outside the station.

© Reuters St Pancras station

“Police negotiators have been on site over night trying to talk the trespasser down but as yet have been unable to.

Unfortunately due to the overhead wires below the person, which have been isolated, Eurostar and High Speed trains to London St Pancras International are unable to run.”

Eurostar said: “We have suspended all services to and from London St Pancras this morning, due to a trespasser on the tracks.

“We strongly recommend you not travel this morning and please cancel your journey or exchange ticket free of charge for a different date.”

One Eurostar user tweeted: “Trying to take the Eurostar from Paris to the UK, but all trains have been suspended. Stuck in France.”

At around 10pm, British Transport Police tweeted: “Just after 7pm officers were called to a man in a precarious position at St Pancras.

They, along with colleagues from other emergency services, are working to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

“Thank you to everyone whose journeys have been disrupted for your patience.”

A Eurostar spokeswoman said the trespasser was located near St Pancras station.

A spokesman for National Rail said: “The trespasser just outside London St Pancras International is still on the railway viaduct that crosses the high speed lines just outside the station.

“Police negotiators have been on site over night trying to talk the trespasser down but as yet have been unable to.

Unfortunately due to the overhead wires below the person, which have been isolated, Eurostar and High Speed trains to London St Pancras International are unable to run.”

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