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Central London Siege: Police Arrest Man
A suspect is in custody after a major siege in one of London's busiest streets which saw a man enter a building and threaten to blow himself up.
Police snipers were called in and hundreds of people were evacuated from nearby buildings during the three-hour stand-off in Tottenham Court Road.
The man, named by Sky sources as Michael Green, entered a business premises at around midday.
He reportedly had gas canisters strapped to his body and threatened to ignite them.
The suspect was detained by police and officers are searching the premises.
Police are concerned the suspect had explosives or flammable materials and said the search would continue until they are sure the building is safe to reopen.
Sky correspondent Mark White said: "We are assuming the man taken away by police is Michael Green, but it has not been confirmed.
"Witnesses at the scene said a man, who was shirtless, was led away by officers."
Speaking to journalists, Met Police Commander Mak Chishty said the 48-year-old suspect was "a local man". He is being held in police custody.
Responding to earlier reports that several people were being held hostage, Mr Chishty said no captives were inside the building when the man was taken away.
The suspect is reported to have stormed into Shropshire House, No 179 Tottenham Court Road, saying he had nothing to live for.
Police received an emergency call after computers, furniture and paper were thrown from the window of the fifth floor of the building.
Snipers, explosive experts and a police negotiator arrived on the scene amid the reports of hostages.
Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "Police didn't have a very good view of this man and there were reports that he had gas canisters attached to his body.
"I think it was pretty quickly established that this wasn't a terrorist attack and as time went on police were able to open communications with the man and find out who he was and what he wanted.
"It was then I think that the sense of huge concern began to fall away."
As the siege unfolded, hundreds of people were evacuated from surrounding buildings and Goodge Street and Warren Street Tube stations were closed.
Staff from news website the Huffington Post were among those evacuated.
Huffington Post UK executive editor Stephen Hull posted a video on Twitter of an office worker who said she saw the man enter the building.
Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations at Advantage HGV, claimed the man had targeted her offices in Shropshire House.
She said he had failed an HGV training course to get a licence and wanted his money back.
Sarah O'Meara, who also works for the Huffington Post, said they evacuated their offices in nearby Capper Street after being alerted by a woman who ran into the building.
"A woman ran in off the street saying 'There is a guy with a bomb and he is threatening to blow himself up' and that we needed to evacuate," she said.
Chris Vincent, who was in the building opposite Shropshire House, told Sky News: "We had heard a couple of loud bangs, they were pretty loud shocks.
"When I looked across I could see people throw things out of the window. It looked like three or four people were doing it.
"The road had been closed by that point. There was a big space where everything was landing."
what do you think?
Amelia Princess Hall
Attention seeker more like :o/
send in the SAS
Sounds like rather extreme action to take, just because you didn't get an HGV License!
I agree its extreme but he obviously was on the edge and this took him over it. We dont know the facts do we and for all we know he may have lost his job and used the last of his savings to try get an HGV to get into that industry to provide for his family as its a pretty safe option at the moment.....then again he might not...who knows he might just be very ill and it could be nothing of the sought. I do know that the type of company he is "protesting" against are dubious from first hand experience and they are not exactly what they say they are.
Seems a jolly good idea not to let this loony lose on the road behind the wheel of a 42 ton projectile!
People are at breaking point might need the job and money to support his family. Go home fella.
Nice to see someone with a bit of sense and compassion, people's lifes are being screwed up every day and not everone can see light at end of tunnel.
Shaun stop talking utter rubbish! The guy has a problem is all, little bit of talking and he'll be OK! Of course the police will have a ball on this one, no risk of them getting hurt lots of overtime, and they have an excuse to swagger around looking "tuff" in their imitation ss uniforms! I feel for the guy!
under thatcher people committed suicide under her son Cameron the same thing is happening
Cameron likes to think of himself as the 'heir to Blair'.
the people that voted Tory i hope you rot in hell
i think you are missing the point just a tad
no i'm not this man has no job no hope its down to the polices of this corrupt government . they were told what would happen cutting the way they have .the country is in a bigger state then it was 2 years ago . there's going to be more and more of this . get this corrupt unelected covernment out
I hope that you are not thinking of doing something that you may later regret.
i agree, the tory gvt r idiots, and it has come to hostage situations ridiculous, VOTE LABOUR
The poor guy should just "get on his bike" to look for work- you dont need a licence for one. At 50 the guy has probably had work for a lot of his life and the frustrations of not being able to get work have just taken him over the edge. Coupled with the increasing cost of beer, fags, fuel stamps, food etc I think i will join him
correction - you dont need a licence for a bike ... yet. think a certain taxi company owner may have some ideas about that tho :@)
Better be careful, explosive search dogs are at the scene.
I do hope nobody has been hurt but feel things will get worse under this government. They are the worst and only care about the rich , at the age of 71 I am very lucky to have a care job and can still work to help my family, it shoudn't be like this.
Wrong !! they care about the very poor But !!! not the ones in this country
I dont think any government will help anyone ..... Lets not forget how we got in this mess and why we are suffering now
Gary Djuncleabe Kelly
There goes his job application at Stobarts I guess LOl
He is certainly mentally unstable. Glad he aint driving a petrol tanker about.
That american reporter at Sky news needs fired and replaced with a british reporter becuse he or she clearly has not got a clue what there reporting on. It goes from a gas cylinder to then turn into a gasoline cylinder an item that does not exist. Gasoline being the American name for pertol. I dont know about the rest of you but i live in the UK and as such the media should respect this and stop trying to americanise us. Back to the topic here tho This guy is clearly a danger to the public and himself and should be delt with as such. To those saying he has probly had a hard life well so ... havent we all but just because i have had a hard life or fallen on hard times does not justifie me then taking hostages and threatining to blow them up over licence and i mean what did he realy expect to happen. Did he realy think they would go oh hi yeh we were wrong here is your licence have a nice day?.
Reminds me of a bloke on watford who lost his job in barclays walked in and had a fake bomb round him
Yeh well said stephen,not Its the labour pigs that opened up the borders to get votes and let every low life in the world come here to claim benefits, so where does the money come from. Its a labours mp wife who started the human rights cr ap so she would have a job and fleece the system sticking up for terrorists ect... so we can't get rid of them..... By I could go on and on but can't be bothered.
mark come back to earth i think you are on the wrong page
earth to mark...
come in mark
mark the Tory pigs destroyed this country in the 80s you clown
Care in the community!