Man arrested at Tower Hamlets Council over alleged threat to kill
10:30 17 May 2012
A man was arrested at last night’s meeting of Tower Hamlets Council in east London following an incident when two councillors had to be physically separated.
The incident came during a heated debate behind closed doors after press and public had been excluded to discuss the appointment of a chief executive to the vacant post.
An emergency resolution was also being discussed when the row broke out in Bengali between two councillors, one of them a woman. The row then spilled out into the corridor.
Security officers then cleared the lobby outside the council chamber and ordered waiting journalists down to the ground-floor reception area.
Scotland Yard confirmed this morning that police had been called to the Town Hall.
A spokesman told the Advertiser: “Police have arrested a man of 45 on suspicion of making threats to kill. He has been detained while inquiries continue.”
The man arrested at 11.35pm is believed to be a Labour councillor.