Tensions were running high today (27 April) as a 3 hour siege developed as Tottenham Court road. Armed police, fire crew, snipers and sniffer dogs paroled the area as office workers and staff evacuated from office blocks and shops milled about. Sparked by a grievance concerning a HGV training course the situation quickly turned serious. In an interview with the Huffington Post Abby Baafi, head of training courses at Advantage HGV stated she recognised the man who’d ‘turned up strapped with gasoline cylinders and threatened to blow up the office’; he then proceeded to throw papers and computer equipment from an upstairs window. The 50 year old man causing the disturbance gave himself up and was taken into custody at around 3pm, but the majority of Tottenham Court Road remains sealed.
|Buses are directed out of the area|
|The media scramble scramble|