Someone near Rugby is running around taking pot shots at trains. We’ve no idea whether anyone has been hurt, but the sniper is doing no favours for those of us travelling back to London from the Labour conference.
The entire West Coast mainline appears to have ground to a halt while a police helicopter hunts for the gunman. Our train has been stationary for at least an hour. Apparently Andrew Adonis, the schools minister, is in the train behind, singing along to his Ipod. If the queue at the canteen is any sign, a run on the coffee and wine has already started. The staff are doing a valiant job of keeping up spirits.