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Man arrested over Tube blast

A MAN has been arrested after what is believed to be a faulty drill battery exploded at a Tube station.

Five people suffered minor injuries after the blast caused panic at Southgate station in north London.

James Ayton, 34, who lives nearby, was on the ‘packed’ escalator when he saw a ‘quick burst’ of flames at the top. He said: ‘There was screaming. A few people got trampled on on the escalator.’

He carried a woman up the stairs who was in shock. Two people were taken to hospital and three others were treated at the scene by ambulance crews on Tuesday evening.

A 23-year-old man, from Enfield, north London, was arrested on suspicion of doing an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway. He has been released pending further inquiries.

British Transport Police confirmed the incident shortly after 7pm was not believed to be terror-related.