Crowds gathered around the cordon at London’s tourist hotspot Leicester Square on Saturday night, as images posted to social media showed the busy sight completely deserted
Police evacuated and cordoned off Leicester Square on Saturday night after a man was reportedly seen on the roof of a five-star hotel.
Crowds gathered around the cordon at the tourist hotspot in central London and watched as officers tried to get the man to safety.
Witnesses claimed on Twitter the man started throwing lighters at people and even threw some bricks.
Photos and video of the scene, shared on Twitter, showed Leicester Square was empty for several hours before the cordon was lifted, believed to be around 1.45am. Crowds gathered behind barriers at the entrances to the iconic area.
“The whole of Leicester Square has just been evacuated so hope everyone is safe,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another wrote: “The whole of Leicester Square has just been evacuated and there is so much police around.”
One woman said she was at the theater when the incident began and was unable to return to the building after leaving to get food during intermission.
“Obviously they had to evacuate Leicester Square when I went to get food at half time so I was stuck across the square,” she said.
Global Security tweeted: “There is an ongoing incident in Leicester Square and most of the square has been cordoned off including our main entrance.”
They later added: “The Leicester Square incident has been resolved. Construction is back to normal.”
The Metropolitan Police have been contacted for a statement.
Meanwhile, the armed forces said officers were called to Oxford Street elsewhere in the capital this weekend after several people claimed thieves on Sur Ron bikes had robbed people with knife points.
The Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce Twitter account, @MPSViolentCrime, said a suspect was “taken safely off a bicycle” and arrested after a “brief pursuit,” and officers recovered several phones and a knife.
It comes after Trafalgar Square was evacuated earlier this month, on Sunday June 4, after police were called to deal with a suspect vehicle.
Several witnesses also claimed to have heard explosions in the area around 9am.
A spokesman for the force said at the time: “Police attended a report from a member of the public at 9.22am about a suspicious vehicle in Trafalgar Square.
“This has been investigated and after action has been taken by the police we have no further concerns.
“It had nothing to do with terrorism.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/londons-leicester-square-evacuated-man-27272543 London's Leicester Square has been evacuated as a man on the roof sees Met Police cordon off the area