29/04/2012 08:30 BST | Updated 29/04/2012 08:59 BST

Man Charged Over Tottenham Court Road Siege

A man has been charged over a London siege which closed one of the country's busiest shopping streets and forced The Huffington Post to evacuate its offices on Friday .

Tottenham Court Road was closed for hours on Friday afternoon when a man stormed into an office adjacent to The Huffington Post, allegedly making threats and carrying a weapon.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Michael Green, 48, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was last night charged with several offences: possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas or electrical incapacitating device; false imprisonment; making a bomb hoax; causing criminal damage and recklessly endangering life.

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