Tottenham Court Road sealed off over siege

Graphic locates Tottenham Court Road where police have been called to a potential hostage situation

Graphic locates Tottenham Court Road where police have been called to a potential hostage situation

First published in News

TOTTENHAM Court Road has been evacuated after a man sparked an armed siege in central London.

Police have sent a negotiator after reports of a man throwing furniture out of a window several floors up of the block that houses the online news site Huffington Post.

Some people near the scene have reported the sound of shots being fired.

Huffington Post UK executive editor Stephen Hull posted a video on Twitter of an office worker who saw the man enter the building.

Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations at Advantage, a company which offers HGV courses, told Mr Hull the man had targeted her offices and was currently holding four men hostage.

In a video posted on YouTube, she said: "What happened is, we were in the office and someone came in. He asked him what his name was and he said it was Michael Green.

"I recognised him because he was one of our previous customers but he is not quite stable - mentally stable.

"He turned up, strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office.

"He said he doesn't care about his life. He doesn't care about anything, he is going to blow up everybody.

"He was specifically looking for me but I said 'My name's not Abby' and he let me go."

Ms Baafi said the man failed the HGV training course and wanted his money back.

Joaqam Ramus, who works at nearby Cafe Fresco, said before being evacuated: "There was talk of a bomb and somebody having a hostage in a building.

"All Tottenham Court Road is closed and so are we - the police told us to shut.

"We don't know what it is but it seems someone has a hostage."

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4:46pm Fri 27 Apr 12

GroveRebel says...

So how is this Wantage/Grove news?
So how is this Wantage/Grove news? GroveRebel
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5:25pm Fri 27 Apr 12

xjohnx says...

Local news please!!!!!!

ITV, BBC, Radio 1, 2, 4,5 all cover this, as well as all national papers.

Perhaps the Corn Exchange fiddles are to close to home?
Local news please!!!!!! ITV, BBC, Radio 1, 2, 4,5 all cover this, as well as all national papers. Perhaps the Corn Exchange fiddles are to close to home? xjohnx
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7:46pm Fri 27 Apr 12

oxchris says...

Somebody has spent their Friday afternoon surfing the internet. Huffington Post, Twitter, and You Tube sound like great sources for breaking news, thanks for the heads up.
Somebody has spent their Friday afternoon surfing the internet. Huffington Post, Twitter, and You Tube sound like great sources for breaking news, thanks for the heads up. oxchris
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12:28pm Mon 30 Apr 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

GroveRebel wrote:
So how is this Wantage/Grove news?
Because the "reporter" who is too ashamed to give his name looked on Google Maps, and saw that T.C.R. has a junction with Oxford Street, and the rest is history.
[quote][p][bold]GroveRebel[/bold] wrote: So how is this Wantage/Grove news?[/p][/quote]Because the "reporter" who is too ashamed to give his name looked on Google Maps, and saw that T.C.R. has a junction with Oxford Street, and the rest is history. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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