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Scores evacuated from east London tower block after man barricades himself in flat and ‘threatens to burn the building down’

Scores evacuated from east London tower block after man barricades himself in flat and ‘threatens to burn the building down’

Police have evacuated residents from an east London tower block after a man barricaded himself in a flat and threatened to burn the building down.

Scotland Yard said negotiators were speaking to a man on the seventh floor of Earlsdown House, Barking, after he warned he may “blow the flat up”.

Firefighters and paramedics are also on the scene on the “critical incident” in Wheelers Cross, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

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A spokeswoman told The Independent the entire 12-storey tower block had been evacuated as a precaution.

Officers began clearing residents out of the building at 10.20pm.

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Scotland Yard said: “Police negotiators are currently on scene talking to a male on the 7th floor of a block of flats who has barricaded himself inside and threatening to blow the flat up and burn the block down.”

No injuries have been reported.

Residents who had been displaced were urged to attend the nearby Gascoigne Community Centre. 

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