Passengers on trains through Durham this morning faced delays to their journeys after a trespass incident on the line.

Shortly after 7.30am on Monday (August 1) morning it was reported that a trespasser had been seen on the rail lines near Durham.

Services through the station were blocked with passengers facing delays of 20 minutes or more to their journeys.

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British Transport Police attended the scene and took the man to safety.

The line reopened with trains running as normal again by 8.40am and train operators saying that services were no longer affected by the problem.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police (BTP) said: “British Transport Police were called to the line near Durham station at 7.31am this morning (1 August) following reports of concern for the welfare of a man.

“Officers attended and located the man. He is now being taken to a place of safety”

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