Saturday 17 March 2018

Man detained after hostage situation at restaurant in central London

An image of the scene. @edwinmethu/Twitter
An image of the scene. @edwinmethu/Twitter

Alexandra Sims

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.

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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