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Ipswich: Man involved in seven-hour train station stand-off is still in hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:54 20 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 July 2013

Emergency services at Ipswich Railway Station after a person climbed onto the roof.

Emergency services at Ipswich Railway Station after a person climbed onto the roof.

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The armed man who refused to move from the roof of Ipswich's train station for more than seven hours yesterday is still being assessed in hospital.

The incident, which is thought to have affected about 10,000 rail passengers and cost £1million, meant trains could not run through the busy station.

The 25-year-old man is understood to have climbed onto the roof of the railway station shortly before 8.20am after asking station staff for help in getting a ticket to Russia.

The stand-off affected thousands of people trying to go into work and travel to the Latitude Festival which attracts some 30,000 people.

The station had to be evacuated with power to the railway lines cut which affected all services coming into and leaving Ipswich.

Officers picked up a knife the man dropped from the roof with police negotiators moving in to try and persuade the man down.

Finally at 3.10pm the man used a ladder he had taken onto the roof and came down.

The man, who is eastern European, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing trains with intent.

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police confirmed the man was still in hospital after being taken there last night.

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