A man allegedly threw a rock at a train in a bid to get away from police.

Trains were brought to a standstill near Burgess Hill after the man got on to the tracks as he fled officers responding to a disturbance at a home.

The 31-year-old was arrested for a string of offences when officers got on to the tracks and took him into custody.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "Police were called to a property in Goldfinch Road, Burgess Hill, at around 7.40pm on Tuesday to a report of a disturbance.

"Officers attended and the suspect fled the scene."

Nearby areas were searched and he was soon found on the tracks at Burgess Hill Station, where the man, of no fixed address, reportedly threw an object at a train.

The police spokesman added: "The suspect was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, assault by beating, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a knife in a public place, two counts of criminal damage, obstructing a carriage using the railway, racially aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress and breach of a sex offender notification requirement.

"He remains in custody at this time."