REPORTS of a 'suspicious item' at a train station this morning turned out to be a box of fried chicken.

British Transport Police officers were called to Newbury Train Station this morning following reports of a 'suspicious item'.

A security alert was triggered and trains were cancelled whilst investigations were carried out.

BTP confirmed that the 'suspicious item' turned out to be fried chicken which had been 'placed on a bench'.

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National Rail said trains were 'unable to call or stop at Newbury station due to a security alert'.

As a result, passengers had to walk to Newbury Racecourse and connect with the service there.

During the incident, the station remained open but there was a police presence.

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A spokesman said: "Officers were called to Newbury station at 6.37am today (14 September) following a report of a suspicious item.

"Officers quickly attended and clarified this was a box of fried chicken which had been placed on a bench.”