Man arrested after ‘threatening to blow up his flat and burn down apartment block in Barking’

A MAN has been arrested after allegedly threatening to blow up his flat and burn down an apartment block last night.

Police were called to a seventh-floor flat in Barking, east London, at around 8.40pm to reports a man had barricaded himself inside and threatened to burn the block down.

Police rushed to Earlsdown House after a man on the seventh floor barricaded himself into the building

Police negotiators were sent to the scene at Earlsdown House in Wheelers Cross and talked to the man.

Officers forced their way into the flat and detained him at 1.08am.

He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution in relation to a pre-existing medical condition.
All residents were evacuated from the building and gathered at a local community centre in Barking, where police and council representatives supported them.

Police negotiators have been dispatched to the scene to deal with the incident

Police had described the incident as “critical”.

Firefighters from London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service paramedics were at the scene.

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