BNP Candidate Charged after Tottenham Court Road Bomb Scare

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Anti-Fascism, UK

The scene on Tottenham Court Road after a man stormed into an office allegedly making threats and carrying a weapon.

On Friday 27th April a section of London’s Tottenham Court Road was closed to the public and a 300m cordon put in place after police were called just before midday following reports of a man throwing computer equipment and office furniture from the fifth floor of a building. Thousands of people were evacuated and Goodge Street Tube station was closed as a precaution. The man, who has since been identified as Michael Green, the BNP candidate for Stevenage during the 2010 general election was reported to have threatened to blow himself up after entering a building wearing gas canisters.

Abby Baafi, 27, the head of training and operations at Advantage, a company which offers HGV courses, said the man targeted her offices. Police said the man involved in the incident was thought to have a grievance against the company. Rajesh Kalia, of Goodge Law solicitors, who works below where the incident took place said, “We were in the office and suddenly we were told by the police that there was some problem in the building and asked to evacuate immediately. The police were very clear about the instructions.”

“There was no panic or anything but they were very firm and got everybody out of the building very, very quickly. I overheard someone say that there was a man in there with some wires coming out of his jacket. Now, I don’t know how much of that is true but that’s the impression they gave us. We heard some shouting in the stairwell and then were asked to leave by the police so I think the police got there pretty quick.”

On Saturday night, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said Michael Green, 48, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, had been charged with several offences: possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas or electrical incapacitating device; false imprisonment; making a bomb hoax; causing criminal damage and recklessly endangering life. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates court on Monday morning.

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