Man detained after hostage situation at restaurant in central London
A man has been detained by police following a hostage situation at a Bella Italia restaurant in Leicester Square.
Police arrived at the scene at 8:50pm and have cordoned off part of the square. It is not believed to be terror related.
A Met Police spokesman said officers responded to "a man with a knife who is holding a woman against her will in a restaurant in Irving Street".
Heart Radio's James Robinson has shared this image of the police cordon between Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road.
Situation between Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road. Lots of police and people trapped in restaurants. pic.twitter.com/vpsEqc4LKf— James Robinson (@jamesrobinson) February 24, 2016
I'm in Leicester Square and we're not allowed to leave our restaurant. Lots of police outside. Reports of hostage situation.— Rosamund Urwin (@RosamundUrwin) February 24, 2016
Met police has confirmed the incident at the Bella Italia, Leicester Square is not terrorist related #LeicesterSquare— Iolo James (@Iolo_James) February 24, 2016
Officers surrounded the building and were negotiating with the man.
Two other people were also believed to be in the restaurant and it is understood the people were known to each other.
The incident has since been resolved and a man has been detained, Met Police have confirmed.
There are no reported injuries.
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