London’s busy shopping thoroughfare Regent Street was closed this morning after a man claiming to have a nail bomb broke into the local Accessorize store during the night.
Traffic was massively affected early this morning as the roads in the area near Oxford Circus tube station were shut off, with many retail employees disrupted on their way to work.
The unnamed man was arrested after he voluntarily gave himself up to Metropolitan Police officers after a five-hour stand off, and Regent Street has since reopened.
Richard Dickinson, CEO of New West End Company, which represents this busy area of London, said: “All cordons were removed and Regent Street was re-opened shortly after 8.30am this morning, with all workers and shoppers now given full access to the street.
“It is now business as usual on Regent Street, with retailers and businesses applauding the excellent handling of the situation by the police.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman commented: “Police were called to a commercial premises in Regent Street following an alarm activation.
“Officers surrounded the building and cleared the area while attempts were made to make contact with the man.”
He added that the arrestee is now being questioned in a central London police station.