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Banbury station stand-off referred to watchdog

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Image caption A Taser was fired at a man who had scaled a signal gantry at Banbury station

The police watchdog has received a referral over a stand-off between officers and a man who had scaled a signal gantry at a railway station.

Thames Valley Police confirmed a Taser was fired during the incident in Banbury, which caused travel chaos.

Police said the man was harming himself with a knife and fell from the gantry.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the force was required to make the referral because the man had been seriously injured.

The force could not confirm whether the man had been hit by the Taser.

The man, in his 20s, was taken to hospital on Monday.

Some passengers reported being stuck on a train for five hours while Banbury station was closed.

British Transport Police also referred the incident to the IPCC, which is yet to launch a full investigation.

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