Man held over Tube station death
A rush-hour traveller was pushed to his death in front of a Tube train in an apparently random attack, police said.
The man, in his 50s, was standing on a platform as the train pulled into Highbury and Islington Station in north London on Friday.
Police, who are treating his death as murder, arrested a man early this morning and are appealing for witnesses to the incident on the Victoria Line.
It is not believed the victim knew the man who pushed him.
Chief Superintendent Paul Crowther, of British Transport Police said: "This is a very early stage of our investigation.
"It was 6pm in the middle of the rush hour and this was a very busy, packed platform.
"We need to piece together exactly what happened in the run up to this incident.
"We are unclear at the moment about the exact circumstances. There doesn't appear to have been any incident running up to it."
Two years ago 2004 drug addict Stephen Soans-Wade, of Poplar, east London, was jailed for life for pushing security guard Christophe Duclos to his death in front of a rush-hour Tube train.
Soans-Wade became violent after being turned away from hospital and shoved Frenchman Mr Duclos, 37, off the platform at Mile End, east London, on September 13, 2002.
He had claimed he was guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, claiming voices had told him to do it, but the jury convicted him of murder.
The Victoria Line was closed between Warren Street and Walthamstow Central following Friday's incident.
It did not reopen on Saturday because of planned engineering works to re-lay track.
A spokesman for Transport for London said this section of the Victoria Line was expected to open again as usual on Monday morning.
Joe H said:Without a thought for the victim who lost his life. Some people :roll:
Actually, he posted after you had posted the BBC story about it being murder.David V2 said:Don't forget that when he posted that, and I posted the news, it had not been confirmed that they were pushed, and was believed to be suicide, at the time!
But it had not been confirmed as a murder when I posted it.
I have met solitary policemen walking the tunnels after traffic looking for body parts since a post-mortem cannot be carried out unless the body is complete?
One under is just that, be it suicide (the most common) or murder.
No, a one under is some ignorant attention seeker who thinks jumping under a train will solve all their problems, regardless of who it may effect, I.E. the driver!
A murder, when referring to people under a train, is when that person is PUSHED under the train, by someone. They don't do it voluntarily, or because they want to! And in the meantime, the person who pushed them has just destroyed 2 lives, who probably have families to support!