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

PUBLISHED: 08:22 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:19 05 October 2010

The man ignores Police negotiators during the stand off on Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, east London today.
Police were forced to close several roads, including the busy A12 after the man began ripping up roof tiles and throwing then down.
Firefighters and paramedics stood by as trained police negotiators tried to get the man to come down.
A witness at the scene told how the police were earlier trying to break down the door of the derelict building next door to the 491 gallery. He said

The man ignores Police negotiators during the stand off on Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, east London today. Police were forced to close several roads, including the busy A12 after the man began ripping up roof tiles and throwing then down. Firefighters and paramedics stood by as trained police negotiators tried to get the man to come down. A witness at the scene told how the police were earlier trying to break down the door of the derelict building next door to the 491 gallery. He said "Police were using a battering ran to try and get the door down as I cycled to work" It is believed the man broke into the gallery earlier today, and then barracaded himself inside the adjacent building before climbing onto the roof. It is also understood to be the same man who threatened to set himself alight during a seige earlier in the year.

Photo copyright Paul Wood

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.

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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