Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

London news: Man threatens to explode block of flats in Barking in tense standoff | UK | News

According to Barking & Dagenham Police, the man barricaded himself in the seventh floor of the Earlsdown House, Barking on Tuesday night. Upon entering being locked in the room, the man then threatened to blow up the building. Following the threat, the police then evacuated all the residents from the housing block.

In a statement from the police, they said: “A man has barricaded himself inside a flat in Elsdown House in Wheelers Cross and has threatened to set the building alight.

“As a precaution, all residents from the building have been evacuated.

“No reported injuries, officers remain on scene.”

“Police negotiators are currently on scene talking to a male on the 7th floor of a block of flats who has barricaded himself inside and threatening to blow the flat up and burn the block down.”

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Officers began evacuating the building around 10.20pm on Tuesday.

According to the London Evening Standard, the suspect had allegedly told police that he had petrol in his flat and wanted to blow the housing block.

One witness to the event said: “The whole block has been evacuated.

“I don’t know how many, it’s every person and family evacuated.

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“Parents aren’t even allowed to go back and get baby milk and nappies.

“They don’t know how long it will go on for.”

In their most recent update, the local police confirmed that the man had been “safely detained”.

The police also confirmed that the residents could return to their homes.

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