Tottenham Court Road was closed for hours causing traffic mayhem around London’s West End
10:18pm UK, Saturday April 28, 2012
A man has been charged after a siege which closed one of London’s busiest streets.
Tottenham Court Road was shut off for hours on Friday after a man stormed into an office allegedly making threats and carrying a weapon.
Armed police and negotiatiors were called and persuaded the suspect to give himself up.
Michael Green, 48, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has now been charged in connection with the incident.
His alleged offences include possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas or electrical incapacitating device.
Green is also accused of false imprisonment, making a bomb hoax, causing criminal damage and recklessly endangering life.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Raffaele D’Orsi of Camden police said: “Yesterday’s events were extremely rare.
“I would like to thank the general public and local business community for the support they provided to my officers in dealing with these matters so expeditiously.
“Finally I can confirm it is all back to business as usual in Tottenham Court Road and the surrounding area.”