Tottenham Court Road Siege Suspect Michael Green Was BNP Candidate For Stevenage

Posted: 30/04/2012 14:14 Updated: 30/04/2012 15:26

Michael Green

The man charged with causing a three-hour siege that shut one of the busiest streets in Central London was a BNP candidate in the 2010 general election.

Michael Green was charged on Saturday with possessing a weapon, false imprisonment and making a bomb hoax after armed police closed off Tottenham Court Road on Friday.

The anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate exposed the 48-year-old, who allegedly threatened to blow himself up on Friday, as the BNP candidate for Stevenage during the 2010 general election, which was confirmed by Stevenage local paper The Comet.

A profile of Green in the Hertfordshire Mercury lists his policies for election, picturing the suspect along with candidates for UKIP, the Conservatives, an independent, Labour and the Liberal Democrat.

Green came fifth in the election, with 2.26%.

The revelation comes after BNP head Nick Griffin openly mocked the suspect on twitter, writing:


Nick Griffin MEP
Police say hostage taker is 'mentally unstable'. No shit, Sherlock!

The BNP did not respond to questions when contacted by The Huffington Post about Green.

Green appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Monday charged with possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas or electrical incapacitating device.

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    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)

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