Day 118..#”Hostage Incident at Tottenham Court Road”

**UPDATE!!** (@ 23:26)

I’m happy to say that they successfully ended the siege without incident about 3 hours after it started!

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Imagine my surprise when a friend of mine in London (UK) sends a message saying “There’s a man in an office on Tottenham Court Road with a bomb strapped to him. Stay away from West End. It’s on Sky News now.

As confused as I was..I went over to news.sky.com and check out whether this was true or not.

It is.

As I was sitting here typing what is a nice day this is turning out to be..and how beautiful this country is..a man said to be around 50 years old marched into an office building with around four gasoline canisters strapped to himself apparently angry because he was not granted a HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) licence..and claims now he has nothing to live for.

The stand off has been going on for just over two hours now..and he was holding about four people hostage..but I think they’ve been let go..

I have a few friends that work around the area..and have been checking up on all of them..and they have all been evacuated.

Reports have also stated that he may be mentally unstable. Snipers have been positioned on the roof and the police have cordoned off a 350 yard zone..and are trying to keep people away.

There is a live feed here: http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16217431

Image Courtesy of Twitter User @shivmalik1

I am a little worried..Let’s all just hope this situation is resolved smoothly and quickly.

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~ by originalapplejunkie on April 27, 2012.

19 Responses to “Day 118..#”Hostage Incident at Tottenham Court Road””

  1. I hope it all works out…in the meantime, stay away from there!

  2. Hmm, he “may” be mentally unstable. Nah, I don’t think so 🙂

    • lol..may..or in the words of the article..”I recognised him because he was one of our previous customers but he is not quite stable – mentally stable.”
      really? *sigh*

  3. this is so scary, when your life is placed in someone eles’s hands. i hope all ends up alright

  4. Be safe!

  5. Wow. Thanks for the breaking news report. Scary.

  6. Hope you’re friends are okay.

  7. There’s alot of frustrated people in the world right now. I’m glad this situation ended peacefully.

  8. Glad your friends are ok & the sitch seems to have ended without incident!

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