Police helicopter search for ‘distressed’ man on tracks at Luton station

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A police helicopter search was made for a “distressed” man who ran on to the train tracks at Luton station last Thursday.

The incident happened in the afternoon on May 7, as British Transport Police officers on patrol at Luton station were alerted to man behaving erratically shortly before 3pm.

Within a short time, while being seen to by the ambulance service, the man ran off on to the tracks heading north towards Leagrave.

A BTP spokesman said: “A full search of the line was conducted, with support from a National Police Air Service helicopter and colleagues from Network Rail, but the man could not be found.

“Later that evening, officers from Bedfordshire Police located the man away from the railway and he was detained and taken to hospital for a mental health assessment.”