King's Cross Man Pleads Guilty

17 August 2015, 19:12

A man from Battersea arrested after armed police stormed a train at King's Cross has pleaded guilty to drugs offences.

Platforms had to be closed and passengers had to sit in trains while searches were carried out on Thursday 13 August 2015.

Gary Walter, 40, of Surrey Lane, Battersea, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, 15 August, charged with possession with intent to supply of a Class B drug and possession of criminal property.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at a future date, to be confirmed.

British Transport Police cleared a number of platforms and forced some trains to a standstill shortly after 3pm on Thursday 13 August while officers waited for a train to arrive.

Armed officers boarded the carriage and arrested the 40-year-old on suspicion of drugs offences.

Eyewitness said armed officers surrounded the man while a "sea of people" were ushered away.

Eyewitness Chris Gibbons tweeted: "Sea of people stuck at #KingsCross due to a "security incident". Platforms closed and lots of armed police!"

Jack Marshall added: "Crazy scenes, held on the train at #KingsCross then suddenly armed police everywhere surrounding a guy."

King's Cross is one of the UK's busiest stations. Last year nearly 30 million passengers passed through its 12 platforms, according to National Rail data.

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