Firefighters rushed to Farringdon Lane following reports of a fire in a flat. But London Fire Brigade later said after assessing the situation no fire was found. The Brigade said it is “now a police led incident”. Witnesses took to social media to say they were evacuated from a building. They said they could see armed police at the scene.
One local said: “The police are trying to get him out but he’s threatening to blow up the building.”
Another person added: “He’s got aerosols or something, he’s got knives, and he’s threatening the armed police officer so they decided to evacuate just to make everyone safe.”
People can be seen gathered on a pavement in Clerkenwell Close peering through railings into a garden.
At least five armed police can be seen in a video shot by a witness.
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A man threatened to blow up the building, according to reports online
Police can be seen moving bins around the side of the building and a blue screen has been erected which obscures bypassers’ view of the area.
The London Fire Brigade tweeted: “We were initially called to reports of a fire, on investigation that was not the case. It is now a police led incident.”
The Brigade sent six fire engines and 40 firefighters to the scene after the alarm was raised shortly after 3pm.
A spokesman for LFB said: “There was no fire but there was a person in there threatening to cause a fire.”
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Fireman and police at the scene behind a blue screen
In footage posted online, ambulances and police cars can be seen parked on the road.
Vehicles from the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG), which specialises in public order policing, can also be seen in the video.
In a statement, the Met said: “Police were called at 15:11hrs on Tuesday, 11 August to reports of a disturbance and possible fire at a residential address on the Peabody Estate on Farringdon Road, EC1.
“The London Fire Brigade attended and were threatened by the occupant.
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Bystanders peer through railings as police and firefighters deal with the incident in Farringdon
“Officers attended the address and the man barricaded himself inside.
“Officers are attempting to engage with the man.
“A number of neighbouring flats have been evacuated as a precaution.
LFB sent six engines to the scene
“Emergency services remain at the scene.”
One man who witnessed the incident from a pub roof near the scene said the building he was in had not been evacuated.
Another witness tweeted: “There is loads police and also armed police right now in London Farringdon.
“There is a very heavy police presence.”
Forty fire fighters responded to reports of a fire in Farringdon
Other witnesses have claimed a police helicopter has been deployed.
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Source Daily Express :: UK Feed