TCR Siege: Man Arrested After Tottenham Court Road Standoff

Posted: 27/04/2012 15:20 Updated: 27/04/2012 17:37

Police Tcr

A man has been arrested after a three-hour siege which led to one of the busiest roads in central London being closed off.

Police said: "We have made an arrest. A man has been arrested and a search of the buildings is underway. The cordon around the area will be removed in due course. There are no indications of hostages involved."

Police evacuated office buildings and sent a negotiator to Tottenham Court Road, central London, after a man, reported to be wearing gas canisters, stormed into an office and threatened to blow himself up. He was reported to be 50-year-old Michael Green.


A shirtless man, believed to be Michael Green, is led away from the scene by police

The Met police's Mak Chishty told journalists police were concerned he had "explosive materials": "We were called at midday to reports of a man causing a disturbance on Tottenham Court Road. He was located on the fifth floor at the building on number 179. Items were thrown from the window onto the street below. We were concerned that he may have explosive materials or flammable liquids with him.

"Our immediate concern was for the safety of the people inside the building and for the general population in the vicinity. Specialists metropolitan police negotiators were brought to the scene with colleagues from the London Ambulance Service, the London Fire Brigade and specialist firearms officers. During the course of the incident a number of people who were inside the building left the vicinity.

Scroll down for more pics

"After contact with our specialist police negotiators the man came out of the building and was arrested at 3pm this afternoon. He is now in police custody. We are currently searching the premises to ensure that they are safe and will begin the process of returning the area to normality as soon as possible."

Asked about what police said to the man he said he would not go into detail. "It was a local man, the matter was quite local."

Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations at Advantage, a company which offers HGV courses, said the man had targeted her offices and had held four men hostage. She told The Huffington Post UK: "He just turned up, strapped up in gasoline, gasoline cylinders. Basically he threatened to blow up the offices. Says he doesn't care about his life, doesn't care about anything."

"He was specifically looking for me but I said 'My name's not Abby' and he let me go."

Baafi said the man had failed the HGV training course and wanted his money back.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM ABBY

Pictures emerged of computer and office equipment being thrown through one of the office windows.

The scare sparked a major security alert, with Tube stations closed, businesses evacuated and one of the capital's busiest shopping streets shut.

TVs being thrown outside the window of the offices

Scroll down for more images and tweets




View Larger Map



Loading Slideshow...
  • Masked police personnel leave Tottenham

    Masked police personnel leave Tottenham Court Road in central London on April 27, 2012, after a man was arrested after causing a disturbance in an office building in central London. Police arrested a man who witnesses said had threatened to blow himself up in an office building in central London, forcing a busy shopping street to be sealed off in a three-hour standoff on Friday. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Armed Police Tackle Hostage Situation In Central London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: An armed police officer in Tottenham Court Road prepares himself during a suspected hostage situation on April 27, 2012 in London, England. The busy shopping street in central London was evacuated after a 50-year-old man, named as Michael Green, arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) 'strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office'. According to reports the man, who began to throw computers and other office equipment from the office window, failed a HGV training course and demanded his money back. The siege ended following the arrest of the man and no harm to any hostages. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Members of the public gather on Tottenha

    Members of the public gather on Tottenham Court Road in central London on April 27, 2012, as police seal off the street amid reports of an armed man causing a disturbance. At least a dozen emergency vehicles with lights flashing could be seen blocking off Tottenham Court Road in London, AFP reporters said. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SORABJI (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Armed Police Tackle Hostage Situation In Central London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Armed police officer on the scene where a man threaten to blow himself up in an office building on Tottenham Court Road on April 27, 2012 in London, England. The busy shopping street in central London was evacuated after a 50-year-old man, named as Michael Green, arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) 'strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office'. According to reports the man, who began to throw computers and other office equipment from the office window, failed a HGV training course and demanded his money back. The siege ended following the arrest of the man and no harm to any hostages. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Armed Police Tackle Hostage Situation In Central London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A man throws a computer monitor from an upper floor window during a hostage situation on Tottenham Court Road on April 27, 2012 in London, England. The busy shopping street in central London was evacuated after a 50-year-old man, named as Michael Green, arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) 'strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office'. According to reports the man, who began to throw computers and other office equipment from the office window, failed a HGV training course and demanded his money back. The siege ended following the arrest of the man and no harm to any hostages. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Armed Police Tackle Hostage Situation In Central London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Armed police officers on the scene where a man threaten to blow himself up in an office building on Tottenham Court Road on April 27, 2012 in London, England. The busy shopping street in central London was evacuated after a 50-year-old man, named as Michael Green, arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) 'strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office'. According to reports the man, who began to throw computers and other office equipment from the office window, failed a HGV training course and demanded his money back. The siege ended following the arrest of the man and no harm to any hostages. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Armed Police Tackle Hostage Situation In Central London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Armed police officers on the scene where a man threaten to blow himself up in an office building on Tottenham Court Road on April 27, 2012 in London, England. The busy shopping street in central London has been evacuated after an unidentified 49-year-old man arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) 'strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office'. According to reports the man, who began to throw computers and other office equipment from the office window, failed a HGV training course and demanded his money back. The siege has recently ended following the arrest of the man. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Loading Slideshow...
  • Stephen Hull

  • Tiernan Douieb

  • The subeditor

  • Luke McGee

  • Ash Percival

  • Sam Parker

  • Alice Vincent

  • Nicholas Woolf

  • Lucy Sherriff

Huff Post UK staff have been allowed back in, things seem to be winding down. We'll bring you more details on this blog as an when we have them.

Share this:

In a statement this afternoon, Commander Mak Chishty said: "We were called at midday to reports of a man causing a disturbance on Tottenham Court Road. He was located on the 5th floor of the building at No. 179.

"Items were thrown from the window onto the street below.

"We were concerned that he may have explosive materials or flammable liquids with him. Our immediate concern was for the safety of the people inside the building and for the general public in the vicinity.

"Specialist Metropolitan Police negotiators were called to the scene, with colleagues from London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, and specialist firearms officers.

"During the course of the incident a number of people who were inside the building left peacefully.

"After contact with our specialist police negotiators the man came out of the building, and was arrested at 15.00hrs. He is now in police custody.

"We are currently searching the premises to ensure that they are safe, and will begin a process of returning the area to normality as soon as possible.

"We would like to thank the local community, the business community and yourselves [the news media] for their co-operation this afternoon."

Share this:

Police said: "We have made an arrest. A man has been arrested and a search of the buildings is underway. The cordon around the area will be removed in due course. There are no indications of hostages involved."

Share this:
@ metpoliceuk : We have arrested a man at Tottenham Court Road. A search of the building is underway. Further details to follow #TCR

Share this:

Sky reporting a man has been arrested

Share this:

Rajesh Kalia, of Goodge Law solicitors, who works two floors below where the incident was unfolding in Shropshire House, relived the drama.

The lawyer said: "We were in the office and suddenly we were told by the police that there was some problem in the building and asked to evacuate immediately.

"The police were very clear about the instructions. There was no panic or anything but they were very firm and got everybody out of the building very, very quickly.

"I overheard someone say that there was a man in there with some wires coming out of his jacket.

"Now, I don't know how much of that is true but that's the impression they gave us.

"They mentioned something about a flame-thrower, the jacket and wires coming out of it, and that's about it.

"We're two floors below where this was happening.

"We heard some shouting in the stairwell and then were asked to leave by the police so I think the police got there pretty quick."

Share this:

Share this:
@ skymarkwhite : Eyewitness tells Sky News 3 people led from stand-off building #tcr claiming there was still a person inside with man at centre of siege

Share this:

"We've been pushed all the way back to Euston road. There are maybe 50 people here by the police cordon. Earlier there were just 100s of people floating around in front of the cordon. They've shut all the underground stations near here."

Share this:
@ itn : LONDON SIEGE: Aerial footage captures the reported hostage situation taking place on Tottenham Court Road. #TCR http://t.co/72tzxlSM

Share this:
@ skymartinbrunt : #siege Source says on serious scale of 1 to 10 this is a 9.

Share this:

Police did not confirm or deny there were any snipers at the scene, saying: "It's not a matter than we ever discuss but we always deploy appropriate police resources to any incident."

Share this:
@ MPSCamden : Warren Street and Goodge Street Tube Stations are currently closed due to on-going incident in Tottenham Court Road #TCR

Share this:

A Met police spokesperson said: "We are in attendance in Tottenham Court Road... There is a 300m cordon in place. The negotiator is on the scene. It's unclear at this stage if there are any other people in the building. There's nobody that's reported any injuries at this time but the incident is ongoing."

Share this:
@ KevinJRawlinson : Just spoken to an eyewitness who said he saw a sniper go into a nearby building. I can see a marksman on a roof at Tottenham Court Road #tcr

Share this:
@ SophyRidgeSky : RT @skymartinbrunt #siege Suspect is Michael Green, 50, with grudge against someone in the building. Police talking to him by telephone #TCR

Share this:

Abby Baafi, who came face to face with the 'bomber' in Tottenham Court Road has said police have told her they fear he could "blow the building up."

The 27-year-old office worker spoke to The Huffington Post UK, saying she was in a cafe with police officers. She said there were no longer any hostages and her colleagues were safe, although police have yet to confirm this.

Read more

Share this:
@ CarlaBuzasi : “@sherrifflucy: Police suggesting man may not be working alone #TottenhamCourtRoad”

Share this:
@ BBCTomEdwards : Goodge st tube shut #tcr

Share this:
@ metpoliceuk : Items have been thrown out of a 5th floor window.There are no reported injuries and it's unclear if other people in the building. #TCR

Share this:
@ DavidHobbsDH : Police sniffer dogs running around near Goodge St Station, checking everything included stranded double decker - the no 24. #tcrbomb #tcr

Share this:

The woman who witnessed the bomber.

Share this:
@ metpoliceuk : A 300m cordon has been put in place and a negotiator is on scene. We advise people to keep clear of the area due to congestion. #TCR

Share this:

Lucy Sherriff, reporter at the scene says they have been pushed back to Euston Road.

Share this:

Share this:

Share this:
@ jacquelinehead : Ambulances block road near ucl hospital - main building seems unaffected #TCRbomb http://t.co/28q4njn9

Share this:
@ michaelrundle : Man evacuated from Fitness First still in kit: 'They said just leave... we saw officers run towards us with sniper rifles '. #tcr

Share this:

Police were called at 11.59 today, Friday 27 April, to an office building on Tottenham Court Road to reports of a man causing a disturbance.

The man has been throwing items out of a fifth-floor window.

A 100m cordon has been put in place.

A negotiator is on route to the scene.

Share this:
@ skymarkwhite : Helicopter Pics on Sky News show man involved in Tottenham Crt Rd stand-off continuing to throw objects from 5th floor building #tcr

Share this:
FOLLOW UK

Filed by Dina Rickman  |