Unsubstantiated reports are saying that a disgruntled employees has barricaded himself into a London restaurant located in Leicester Square.
While there has been no confirmation of the event from police, it’s believed that a disgruntled employee of Bella Italia is presently holed-up inside with an unknown number of hostages.
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The Twitter messages bringing this news clearly show photos of the London Police Department cordoning off the area.
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.”
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Again it should be stressed that all reports, including scanners picking up police radio chatter, suggest that it’s a man with a knife who once worked there, not a terrorist as others quickly reported.
A Met Police spokesman said officers are responding to “a man with a knife who is holding a woman against her will in a restaurant in Irving Street”.
Heart Radio’s James Robinson has shared this image of the police cordon between Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road.
(5:38 PM EST)