Tottenham Court Road siege: Police quiz man, 48, over ‘bomb threat’

09:47 28 April 2012

Police officers at the scene in Tottenham Court Road in central London

Police officers at the scene in Tottenham Court Road in central London

Police are continuing to question a 48-year-old man arrested following a siege in Tottenham Court Road in central London.

The man is believed to have entered a building with gas canisters strapped to him and taken hostages.

Friday’s incident sparked a major alert as both Goodge Street and Warren Street Tube stations were closed, businesses evacuated and one of the capital’s busiest shopping streets shut.

Police said the suspect, who is local, was removed from Shropshire House by officers who then carried out a search of the building.

Police received emergency calls at midday amid reports that the man was holding people captive inside the building, several floors above ground.

No hostages were inside the building when the man left, after negotiators had been sent to the scene.

Sarah O’Meara, who works for the Huffington Post, said the news website’s offices in nearby Capper Street were evacuated after the alert was raised by a woman who ran into the building.

She said: “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.”

Witnesses also spoke of seeing office equipment including computer screens, computers and a filing cabinet be thrown from the windows of the building.

Latest Stories

Hardip Singh found a fly in his chicken wing

A man was horrified to discover a dead fly in his Kentucky-fried chicken wing as his bit into his lunch.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:31
Syrian activists in Kafranbel pay tribute to the murdered American war journalist

The video of US journalist James Foley being beheaded by a jihadi with what appears to be a London accent has been shared millions of times around the world already.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:12
Hyacinth Brown is still recovering from the heart attack in hospital.

An elderly pastor suffered a heart attack after police burst through her door in an early-morning drugs raid which her family say was a “massive mistake.”

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more
But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more