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Man arrested after London siege, police not aware of any hostages

No injuries have been reported from the scene at Tottenham Court Road.

POLICE IN LONDON have arrested a man after a stand-off at an office building on Tottenham Court Road where a man was said to be causing a disturbance, as well as criminal damage.

There had been suggestions that the man was holding people hostage in the building but the Metropolitan Police say they are still not aware of any hostages “at this stage”. A search of the building continues.

A negotiator was sent to scene, according to the Metropolitan Police’s Twitter account and a 300 m cordon has also been put in place. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from surrounding buildings.

Officers were alerted to the disturbance at the office building just before noon today and items, including electrical equipment, have since been thrown from the fifth-floor window to the street below.

No injuries have been reported. It is understood the arrested man is 49-years-old and may have had a gas cannister tied to him.

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