EYEWITNESSES have stated that a man believed to be wearing a balaclava carrying a life-sized cutout of Queen Elizabeth II was removed from the Tyne and Wear metro on the morning of Friday June 3.
According to reports, the front of the train was evacuated when the man boarded the Metro at the South Gosforth platform, and passengers moved to another carriage until the police arrived at the scene.
The passengers said at least six police officers dragged the man from the station whilst still wearing the balaclava.
Two police vans and a police car were seen outside the station, and commuters reported a delay of approximately 20 minutes.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 8.25am we got a report of a man behaving suspiciously and being aggressive towards staff at South Gosforth Metro station.”
“Police attended and a man has been arrested.”
Metro posted on its Twitter account: “There are delays of up to 15 minutes to trains running between South Gosforth and South Shields and South Hylton due to a police incident.”