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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005, 23:50 GMT
Station closed over armed carjack
A city's train station was evacuated as firearms officers swooped on it after a woman was forced to drive there by a man threatening her with a gun.

Bristol Temple Meads station was closed for about 90 minutes and train services were disrupted.

The woman had been driving along Ashley Road in the city on Sunday evening when she was stopped by an armed man who forced her to drive to the station.

She was freed unharmed. The gunman fled after dumping the car at the station.

Armed officers were called to the station, which was evacuated.

CCTV clues

The woman's car, a Renault, was being forensically examined by police, and the gun has not been found.

"Firearms crews carried out a full search of the station, the platforms and the trains that were there and CCTV footage has been recovered," an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said.

"No trains were allowed to enter or leave the station, which was reopened at about 9.30pm."

The woman was said to be shocked but unharmed.

Apology to passengers

A First Great Western spokesman said disruption had been caused to services during the period, but added: "We have been able to work around it in a reasonable way."

"We hope that passengers were not inconvenienced too much."

He said a train leaving London Paddington just after 1800 GMT had to be terminated at Bath and passengers were transported by road.

A train out of Bristol was cancelled and another coming in had to be diverted to Bristol Parkway," he said.


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