Man held in 8-hour stand off’ after gridlock across East London

A MAN has been arrested after an eight hour stand off’ in a rooftop protest which led to gridlock traffic across the whole of East London. He is being held this morning by police after volunteering to come down from the roof

By Mike Brooke

A MAN has been arrested after an eight-and-a-half hour stand off’ in a rooftop protest which led to gridlock traffic jams across the whole of East London last night.

He is being held this-morning at an East London police station after volunteering to come down from the roof of the 491 Gallery in Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, at 11pm last night, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Thousands of home-going commuters were hit by the massive gridlock that began building up through the afternoon and hit the evening rush-hour as negotiators moved in to talk to the man.

Police sealed off the nearby A12 dual carriageway heading out towards Essex.


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At one point the man (pictured) took out an alto-saxophone from a small suitcase and was seen playing it.

Last night’s gridlock stretched as far back as Mile End, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Hackney and the City.

No charges have been made so far, say police. The man is still being questioned.

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