Man detained as hostage situation in central London restaurant ends
The situation took place at the Bella Italia restaurant, located right in the center of the UK’s capital on Leicester Square late on Wednesday.
“The incident at a restaurant in Irving Street has now been resolved and a man has been detained by police. No reported injuries,” Met police said.
Photos from the scene showed the restaurant cordoned off by security.
Right now in Leicester Square.. apparent hostage situation.. Riot gear too.. pic.twitter.com/a4rk2c4ltz— Michael Rideout (@MichaelJRideout) February 24, 2016
Situation between Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road. Lots of police and people trapped in restaurants. pic.twitter.com/vpsEqc4LKf— James Robinson (@jamesrobinson) February 24, 2016
Police were responding to “a man with a knife who is holding a woman against her will,” a Met Police spokesman said.
RT video streamed via the Ruptly Stringer app shows the scene outside the restaurant during the hostage drama.
One witness trapped in one of the restaurants near Leicester Square tweeted: “First night in London and were locked in a restaurant and not allowed to leave because a man has a woman held hostage with a knife, sound.”
Just came out of Garrick and area cordoned off from Charing Cross Road to Leicester Square. Multiple vehicles pic.twitter.com/bhhDpuUf2N— Sara B (@TheTheatreFox) February 24, 2016
The hostage taker was allegedly a disgruntled former employee in possession of a knife.
Two other people were inside the restaurant, an ITV News correspondent quoted police as saying. It is believed that all four know each other.
Gigging in Leicester Square.We had to stop, there's an apparent hostage situation at Bella Italia just down the road pic.twitter.com/8OFI7U3xYg— Jordan Brown (@trtzbass) February 24, 2016
Bella Italia is a restaurant chain with 80 locations throughout the UK.