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Man sectioned over London restaurant hostage stand-off

Leicester Square incident Image copyright Jordan Brown/ @trtzbass
Image caption The woman was taken hostage in a restaurant in Leicester Square

A man who was arrested after a woman was taken hostage in a West End restaurant has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Police with riot shields surrounded Bella Italia on Irving Street when the stand-off began on Wednesday night at about 20:50 GMT.

The area was cordoned off and diners ordered to stay indoors until the woman was released unharmed at about 22:45.

The man is on bail pending assessment, Scotland Yard said.

Officers were seen leading a man from the scene and driving him away when the stand-off ended.

Police at the restaurant said the man who was held had been found with a knife in his pocket.

The incident was "not terror-related", the Met said.

Image copyright James Robinson
Image caption Streets around Leicester Square were cordoned off during the stand-off

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