ARMED police officers swooped at Basingstoke railway station over fears a man was carrying an offensive weapon on a train.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary and British Transport Police (BTP) were called to Basingstoke railway station at 3.25pm on Saturday after receiving reports a man was on a train to Manchester with a weapon.

One platform at the station was closed while the arrest was made.

A 49-year-old man, from Bournemouth, was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and a Class B drug.

A spokesperson from British Transport Police said: “He has since been released under investigation as enquiries continue in to this incident.”

If anyone has any information about the incident they are asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting the reference 376 of September 8.