LONDON: Anti-Gay Doomsday Preacher Sparks Panic On Train, Passengers Pry Open Doors, Leap Onto Tracks

The Sun reports:

A doomsday preacher caused panic on a rush-hour train service yesterday by ranting about the end of the world. Commuters forced open doors and jumped off when the man began quoting from the Bible about sin.

Some worried passengers forced open doors and walked close to “live” electric tracks to reach the platform at Wimbledon station in south west London forcing operators to turn off power. Delays of more than an hour were reported as cops were called to the station to speak to the preacher who rattled travellers by talking about “Doomsday”.

One traveler on Twitter wrote: “Held up on the train to Waterloo, some nutter starts reciting verses from the Bible, causes a crush and a panic as people fear for their lives. He caused such panic that some people have forced open and jumped onto the tracks. He recited lines about homosexuality and sex outside marriage being a sin.”

From the Guardian:

Ian O’Sullivan, 42, who was in the same carriage as the passenger, said a man with a rucksack began reading what appeared to be extracts from the Old Testament, when the train stopped at a red light outside the south-west London rail station.

“He was quite well spoken and calm,” he said. “He said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to talk to you about something and that something is the word of the Lord, Jesus Christ. He’s here to heal your sins. The Bible tells you that homosexuality is a sin and sex before marriage is a sin. You need to repent’.”

Other passengers said the man referred to “doomsday” and the afterlife. O’Sullivan, a marketing consultant, said he did not find the man threatening, but people started pushing and shoving, with another passenger warning the man that he was scaring people.

Transport police questioned the preacher but he was not arrested after some passengers offered to vouch for him, saying he had not made any threats.