A man has suffered "serious" electrical burns after going onto the tracks at Sydenham railway station during the early hours of the morning.

Officers from the British Transport Police, alongside the London Ambulance Service, were called to reports of a trespassing incident at around 2.16am on July 7.

A spokesman for the force said the male suffered the injuries after “coming into contact with the third rail”.

He is currently in hospital receiving specialist care, and it's said his injuries are life-changing but not life-threatening.

The spokesman added the man is likely to be in hospital “for some time” while a number of enquiries are currently underway to establish what exactly happened.

However, the force is currently not treating the incident as suspicious while no other people were reported to have been injured.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said “a number of staff” were sent to the scene at Sydenham station – including an ambulance crew, an officer, and a responder in a car.

A medical team from the London’s Air Ambulance Service also attended in a car.

He added: “Our staff treated one man for burns. He was stabilised at the scene before being taken to hospital with the doctor and paramedic from the air ambulance team on board the ambulance.”