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A 48-year-old man has been charged with making a bomb hoax after a siege which closed Tottenham Court Road in central London.

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The busy West End street was shut down for hours on Friday after a man stormed into an office allegedly making threats and carrying a weapon.

Negotiators and armed police were called to the scene.

A Met Police spokesman said Michael Green, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was last night charged with several offences including possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas or electrical incapacitating device.

He is also accused of false imprisonment, criminal damage and recklessly endangering life.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Detective Chief Inspector Raffaele D’Orsi, of Camden police, said: “Friday’s events were extremely rare and I would like to thank the general public and local business community for the support they provided to my officers in dealing with these matters so expeditiously.

“Finally I can confirm it is all back to business as usual in Tottenham Court Road and the surrounding area.”

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