Man detained after police bring two-hour Bella Italia hostage drama to an end

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A ‘hostage situation’ at a West End branch of casual dining chain Bella Italia was brought to an end by police last night without any reported injuries.

A man was arrested after a woman was held at knifepoint during a two-hour siege at the Irving Street restaurant.

Metropolitan Police said they were called at 8.50pm after a woman was being “held against her will” at the restaurant. They stated that the incident was not terrorist related.

Police vehicles and dozens of police officers rushed to the scene, with photos showing officers in riot gear outside the venue.

Part of Leicester Square was cordoned off as police negotiated with the hostage-taker, while customers in nearby restaurants were ordered to stay inside.

It is understood that the people involved in the situation were known to each other.

The Metropolitan Police later tweeted that the incident had been “resolved” and that a man had been detained. No further details were given.

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