Armed police arrest man at London siege

April 27, 2012 17:36

LONDON - Armed police arrested a man at the scene of a siege in central London on Friday after reports that a suspect had taken several office workers hostage and threatened to blow himself up.

Police had surrounded an office block and evacuated hundreds of people from one of the capital's busiest roads after a man began throwing office equipment out of a fifth floor window.

Witnesses said the man, aged 49 or 50, had taken around four people hostage and had threatened to detonate gas canisters he was carrying. Police had no comment on those reports. A source said the incident was not terror-related and was thought to involve a man who had a grievance against a company.

Police in the capital are on alert as the city prepares to host the Olympic Games and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's reign this summer.

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