A man has been detained after an apparent "hostage situation" at a London restaurant.
Officers are outside Bella Italia in Leicester Square, having been called at around 8.50pm. Armed police and a negotiator were at the scene.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told HuffPost UK there was a "man intimating he has a knife, holding a woman against her will" inside.
After a standoff, a man was detained and police stood down. The police spokesman added the incident is not believed to be terror-related.
The incident at a restaurant in Irving Street has now been resolved and a man has been detained by police. No reported injuries.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 24, 2016
Police were called at 8.50pm. Diners in adjacent restaurants were made to stay inside during the incident.
Police called 20:50hrs on 24 Feb to man holding a woman against her will at restaurant in Irving St. NOT terrorist related. Police at scene— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 24, 2016
Apparently there's a hostage situation happening at Leicester Square right now?!? pic.twitter.com/EmGJbewdRF— Raymond Reddington (@Loso_LFC) February 24, 2016
Things are getting serious pic.twitter.com/PRO6CT5bLh— Jordan Brown (@trtzbass) February 24, 2016
Gigging in Leicester Square.We had to stop, there's an apparent hostage situation at Bella Italia just down the road pic.twitter.com/8OFI7U3xYg— Jordan Brown (@trtzbass) February 24, 2016
Situation between Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road. Lots of police and people trapped in restaurants. pic.twitter.com/vpsEqc4LKf— James Robinson (@jamesrobinson) February 24, 2016
There were understood to be two other people inside the restaurant, as well as the hostage.
Evening Standard columnist Rosamund Urwin was among those who could not leave. She said she was "very safe" and "more worried about other people".
I'm in Leicester Square and we're not allowed to leave our restaurant. Lots of police outside. Reports of hostage situation.— Rosamund Urwin (@RosamundUrwin) February 24, 2016
@ronniejoice thank you. More worried about other people - think we're very safe where we are— Rosamund Urwin (@RosamundUrwin) February 24, 2016
When the incident was ongoing, musician Jordan Brown told The Evening Standard he was playing a gig at Caffe Concerto, where police had told people not to leave.
He said: "We were playing a gig and the police came around and said please stop singing. We thought we were being too loud, but turns out there's a hostage situation.
"We can't leave the restaurant, they've closed closed the whole place down."
He praised the police as "true pros" afterwards.
Thanks @metpoliceuk you handled the Leicester Square situation like true pros.— Jordan Brown (@trtzbass) February 24, 2016
Pictures from the scene show a number of police in riot gear outside the restaurant during the incident.