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VIDEO: Police grab man ‘with samurai sword’ outside east London tube station in front of stunned commuters

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There is panic on the London Underground tonight after a man was spotted with a Samurai sword on a packed train.

Commuters have been delayed across the capital following the sighting on a tube at West Ham in east London.

There were major delays on the District Line between Barking and Upminster after police descended on West Ham station at around 5.30pm.

A man wielding the sword was stopped by officers outside the tube station in east London

There is panic on the line following the sighting on a tube at West Ham station

There is panic on the line following the sighting on a tube at West Ham station

Videos and photos on social media this evening show shocked members of the public in Whitechapel looking on as police appear to stop the man.

Trains across the city, including at Victoria train station, were held at stations amid the panic.

Commuters reported being stuck on non-moving eastbound District line trains for more than 20 minutes.

Transport for London says there are were delays on the Hammersmith and City Line between Liverpool Street and Barking, which cleared shortly before 7pm.

One commuter wrote on Twitter: ‘Told to get off platform by police while they investigate. No eastbound service. They’re looking for the man.’