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IN PHOTOS: London hostage drama ends after 3 hours

Last updated on: April 27, 2012 21:22 IST

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In a dramatic incident, a 50-year-old man who created ruckus in central London today, after taking four people hostage in a building and threatening to blow himself up, has been arrested by Scotland Yard.

Police sharp-shooters had taken up positions on rooftops around the building in Tottenham Court Road when Michael Green, who barged into the building wearing gas canisters, took four people as hostages and threw objects from the fifth floor of the building.

Police negotiators entered into a dialogue with Green, who had failed to obtain a driving license thrice.

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Image: An armed police officer walks in Tottenham Court Road in central London where a man took four people as hostage and threatened to blow himself up, on Friday
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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The authorities had closed the arterial Tottenham Court Road and the nearby Goodge Street tube station.

Green reportedly had a grievance against a logistics company based in the building.

The incident began around 12 noon and by 3pm, Green was seen being led away by the police. The incident was not treated as a terrorist incident, police said.


Image: An armed police officer runs in Tottenham Court Road in central London during the hostage crisis
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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The police were called when computer equipment and office furniture was thrown from the office building.

The man "had a bomb and was threatening to blow himself up," witnesses claimed.

The BBC quoted an email from the Camden Council as describing the incident as "a hostage situation" in which hostages had been ordered to throw computers from the window by the suspect.


Image: Computer equipment falls from an office window in Tottenham Court Road in central London on Friday
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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The building where news and comments website Huffington Post UK is based had been evacuated.

According to an eyewitness account, Michael Green walked into the offices of Advantage, a logistics company which offers courses in HGV (heavy goods vehicles). She said he had threatened to blow himself up before taking four hostages, including the company director.

Green had reportedly failed an HGV training course three times and wanted his money back.

 


Image: Armed police officers walk in Tottenham Court Road in central London on Friday during a hostage crisis
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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